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Multiple Technical Leadership Opportunities, Australian Genome Foundry

Sydney, Australasia 2109   •  $99,739 to $108,139 p.a  •  Permanent, Full time

  • Build strong networks and collaborate with industry leaders
  • From $99,739 to $108,139 p.a. (Level 7), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Full-time, 2 years fixed term. Based at Macquarie University (North Ryde)


Do you want to work for an innovative team that supports and enables cutting-edge synthetic biology research and commercialisation? Are you interested in helping establish a thriving synthetic biology ecosystem in Australia by working with start-ups, academics, government, and industry?

We have excellent opportunities for suitably qualified and experienced Data Scientist and Automation Engineers, Senior Analytical Chemists, and Synthetic Biologists to join our newly established Australian Genome Foundry.

  • Data Scientist and Automation Engineer

As the successful applicant you will report to the Chief Scientific Officer and provide data analysis and laboratory automation leadership and expertise across academic and industry projects. You will contribute to the establishment and delivery of biological automation workflows and data analyses as part of a team that includes molecular biologists, academics, industry staff, and other team members.

  • Senior Analytical Chemist

As the successful applicant you will report to the Chief Scientific Officer and provide technical leadership and analytical chemistry expertise with a focus on high-throughput targeted small-molecule quantification and metabolomics. You will contribute to the delivery of the start-up incubation and external services through collaboration and integration with other Australian Genome Foundry staff, clients, and stakeholders.

  • Synthetic Biologist

As the successful applicant you will report to the Chief Scientific Officer and provide technical leadership and molecular and microbiology expertise across multiple synthetic biology workflows. You will communicate, collaborate and integrate with data scientists, molecular biologists, academics, industry staff, and other team members.

About Us

Located at Macquarie University and within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Australian Genome Foundry is a high-throughput strain engineering facility with a highly automated workflow. This means rather than having a researcher building one strain at a time manually, the same researcher could build hundreds or thousands of strains in parallel using robotic platforms. The Australian Genome Foundry is capable of synthesizing complete eukaryotic chromosomes and consists of modular robotic platforms capable of automated construction and analysis of synthetic microbial strains.

What we do

We seek to increase automation and throughput of the Biofoundry, moving it from a bespoke academic facility to a world class genome foundry which would act as a magnet for attracting and developing biotechnology start-up companies to NSW.

Employee Benefits: For additional benefits of working with Macquarie University, please visit our staff benefits page.

Further Information or/and to Apply

For further information about these roles or to apply, please visit our Career’s at Macquarie website or click on the following links to go directly to the full advertisement for each role:

  • Data Scientist and Automation Engineer

  • Senior Analytical Chemist

  • Synthetic Biologist

We look forward to you joining our team!

Applications Close: Thursday, 8 December 2022 11:59pm AEST

If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

Equity & Diversity Statement

At Macquarie University, we are committed to providing a working environment where each individual is valued, respected and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure culture, policies and processes are truly inclusive and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTIQA+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares Macquarie University’s values of scholarship, empowerment and integrity to apply.

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  • Employer: Macquarie University
  • Reference: HFH010068
  • Updated: 11th November 2022
  • Expires: 8th December 2022

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