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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Applied BioSciences
Macquarie University in Sydney,
Date Posted 12/30/2020
Science-Environmental Science
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
  • Salary Package: From $90,188 - $96,655 (Level A) p.a., plus 13.25% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term (7 months). Role to commence in February 2021.
  • Location: South Australia Research Development Institute (SARDI, Adelaide)

The Role

Applied BioSciences is currently seeking a suitably qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a multi-disciplinary team. The project aims to develop knowledge required to support the establishment of sterile insect technique (SIT) for management of insect pests of agriculture in Australia. The primary role of the position is to assess the performance of insect strains and the impacts of operational practises on insect quality through the deployment of standard quality control procedures as well as biologically relevant assays of behaviour and physiology.

The successful applicant will work with Professor Phil Taylor (Macquarie) and Dr Maarten Van Helden (SARDI) to:

  • Implement standard UN-FAO/IAEA quality control procedures to assess baseline production quality of sterile insects;
  • Implement, and as needed develop, non-standard approaches to assess biological performance of reared insects especially in relation to sexual and ecological competence;
  • Refine operational practises for SIT to improve quality of released sterile insects.

About You

You will have completed a PhD in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or a related discipline. You will enjoy bringing impactful research outcomes and working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team. Your collaborative approach to working with others will ensure you perform effectively within a multi-disciplinary environment. If you are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature and are flexible and resilient in your approach, then this is a role you will thrive in and research organisations you will enjoy working with.

About Us

Applied BioSciences at Macquarie University is a vibrant and collegial community of researchers and students working across a wide range of biological disciplines. We are a leading research department, conducting research at all levels of biological organisation as well as across a diversity of taxa, with a focus on translational research that applied basic knowledge to develop solutions to major regional, national and global challenges. Our areas of research strengths include biosecurity, sustainable pest management, genetic biocontrol, genomic biotechnology, applied molecular genetics, and applied chemical ecology. Click here to find out more about Applied BioSciences.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • PhD in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or related discipline, with emphasis on application;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and work independently without close supervision;
  • Relevant experience with assessment, quantification and analysis of insect performance;
  • Ability to devise and implement a wide range of ecologically relevant tests of behavioural and physiological performance;
  • Experienced at generating practical pest management solutions through basic science;


  • Experienced with sterile insect technique release programs;
  • Experienced with sterile insect mass rearing programs;
  • Familiarity with literature related to assessment of sexual and ecological competence.

Role Enquiries: Professor Phil Taylor at

Applications Close: 08 January 2021 at 11:55pm AEST

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