RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (REF: 4213)
SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
An opportunity to use biochemistry and genetics to study drug-like seed peptides
- 2 year appointment available immediately
- Salary: Level A $81,194 p.a. (1 AUD = 1.04 USD)
- Plus 17% superannuation
- Closing date: Friday, 14 December 2012
The newly-formed Mylne laboratory is located at The University of Western Australia and is using forced and natural evolution to understand how proteins and genes work. The focus is on plant peptides, proteins and the biochemistry underlying their synthesis. The laboratory has access to facilities within the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology including NMR, protein crystallography, state-of-the-art mass spectrometry as well as Illumina HiSeq and miSeq platforms.
Applications are invited from a suitably qualified scientist to work in a small, multi-disciplinary team environment on the genetic origin and biosynthesis of a new class of seed proteins that emerged genetically over 12 million years ago. This project will explore why plants have continued making these mini-proteins and whether it's the same reason drug designers are so interested in the founding member of this mini-protein class. The successful candidate will use biochemical and genetic approaches to investigate this peptide class. Researchers with significant expertise in peptide mass spectrometry and protein biochemistry are urged to apply. See http://mylne.org for recent publications. Applicants must have a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or related discipline. Some assistance with relocation expenses (if applicable) may be negotiated.
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Established in 1911, The University of Western Australia (UWA) is the largest and oldest university in the state of Western Australia with more than 24,000 students and 3,500 staff. UWA is a Group of Eight university - a coalition of the top research universities in Australia - and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of 18 research-led universities from Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific. Recently, UWA was given an overall ranking as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU); in the Life and Agricultural Sciences disciplinary field UWA ranked 26th.
Joshua S. Mylne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & ARC Future Fellow
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry & ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology | Bayliss Building | The University of Western Australia (M313) | 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Perth WA 6009 Australia