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Job No.:563593

Work type:Fixed Term

Work type: Part time, Fixed term

Min. working hours per week/fortnight: 35 per fortnight

Location: Bundoora

Salary range: Level A6 / Casual Academic rate

Position Purpose

Despite extensive studies into the molecular basis for the progression of cancer, the “holy grail” of cell-death research remains to understand the precise biochemical mechanisms that leads to the activation of the proteins BAK and BAX. This project is based upon initial computational results from a collaborative experimental and computational team studying the interactions of BAK with VDAC2, and the molecular rearrangement which occurs within BAK to transition from an inactive to active conformation.

Duties at this level will include:

  • Conduct and publish, or otherwise disseminate high quality and/or high impact research as a member of a team or independently and produce conference/seminar papers and publications from that research.
  • Contribute to the preparation, or where appropriate, individual preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding sources.
  • Acquire and interpret research data and results. Run analyses and tests using specified and agreed techniques and models. Contribute to the development of techniques, models and methods.
  • Undertake other duties and administrative functions commensurate with the classification and scope of the position as required by the Head of Department or Dean.

You will possess:

  • A PhD degree (or about to complete a PhD Degree) or equivalent qualifications or research experience.
  • A background in homology molecular modelling and molecular dynamics simulation with experience in the simulation of proteins; both in aqueous or related membrane environments. Experience with Modeller and Gromacs would be highly advantageous.
  • Familiarisation with enhanced sampling and free energy techniques, with protein docking tools, the managing of large datasets, and working in a Unix shared high-performance computing environment.
  • Experience in analysis and visualisation techniques for biomolecular studies, with a demonstrated experience in the writing of academic manuscripts.


How to apply

Closing date:  By 11:55pm Thursday 7th July 2022

Position Enquiries:  Dr Nicholas Smith; N.Smith2@latrobe.edu.au 

HR/Recruitment Enquiries:  recruitment@latrobe.edu.au

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume; and
  • A separate document addressing your suitability for the role with reference to the attributes and experience detailed above. Scroll down to apply.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

The University’s Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures, requires staff engaged to perform work onsite at La Trobe University to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are exempt from being vaccinated due to a recognised medical contraindication.  This position will require the incumbent to work onsite.  As such, an offer of employment will be conditional upon the applicant being Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, and providing satisfactory evidence of their vaccination or exemption status to the University.


Why La Trobe: 

  • Develop your career at an innovative, global university where you’ll collaborate with community and industry to create impact. 
  • Enjoy working on our inspiring and stunning campuses – the perfect hub for industry, students and academics 
  • Help transform the lives of students, partners and communities now and in future

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