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Job ID: 124924

Research Fellow
The University of Sydney

Date Posted Jun. 28, 2019
Title Research Fellow
University The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Department School of Medical Sciences
Application Deadline Jul. 15, 2019
Position Start Date TBC
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Vascular Surgery
    Vascular Biology
    Physiology & Biophysics
    Biomedical Engineering/Biomedical Sciences
  • Research only role within the School of Medical Sciences
  • Located at the Charles Perkins Centre at the Camperdown campus
  • Fixed term, 3 years, full-time opportunity (37.5 hours per week). Remuneration package: $104K – $119K, which includes leave loading and superannuation

About the opportunity

We are partnering with Industry and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC to develop an advanced, high value bioreactor system for research and clinical applications. The bioreactor will incorporate known parameters required for the optimal development of tissue engineered vascular grafts (including luminal, abluminal and transmural flow, pressure, shear and graft axial tension) for use in both the research community and as a prerequisite for clinical application in regenerative medicine. No vascular graft bioreactor that integrates these requirements has been developed to date.

We are currently seeking to appoint an experienced Research Fellow, with a background in engineering to drive design and prototyping of the bioreactor, development of a software/hardware interface for control, including integration of electronics and sensing capabilities. You will have solid experience with mechanical engineering, fluid dynamics and computer engineering and ideally have worked with biological research systems. The project has fluid flow, cell culture, materials analysis and advanced sensing and control algorithm components. You will work in close collaboration with the Industry Partner.

Reporting to a Senior Lecturer, your main focus will be to:

  • Apply your learnings through research and scholarly activity
  • Design and build a prototype for the development of a software/hardware interface, including integration of electronics for the development of a bioreactor mimicking human blood vessel characteristics
  • Supervise higher-degree research and honours students
  • Contribute to knowledge within discipline of area of expertise
  • Contribute to the research and administrative activities of the Faculty

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Fellow who has:

  • PhD in Engineering or similar discipline
  • A developing research profile evidenced by original, high-quality and independent research in the discipline or area of expertise
  • Demonstrated success in designing, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning initiatives.
  • A developing network of relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders
  • A developing knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the discipline and higher education sector
  • Certification / demonstrated skills in
    - CAD/design software experience (e.g. Solidworks)
    - Prototype manufacture (3D printing, CNC fabrication or similar)
    - Coding experience for software development and modelling of physical systems (e.g. C/C++, MATLAB)
    - Electronics background to integrate sensors and / or transducers in a fluidic environment
    - Real time control and data acquisition systems (e.g. Arduino)
    - Flow and shear modelling

The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with ability to work both independently and as part of a large multi-disciplinary team, with an emphasis on prior demonstration of a collaborative philosophy. They will be able to demonstrate ability to work under pressure with competing priorities.

About us

A school is an academic unit of common disciplinary or inter-disciplinary research and teaching interests within a faculty of cognate academic units concerned with a major division of knowledge for which it drives the curriculum offering and research agenda. Faculties participate in University wide governance and decision making and provide strategic oversight of the academic endeavour as well as support collaboration between faculties and University Schools. Schools contribute to the overall endeavours, and strategies of faculties, ensuring that people, talent and financial management is effective and strategically aligned with the faculty, as are external relationships, including any accreditation requirements, industry links and alumni and donor relationships beneficial to the school, faculty and the University.

The School of Medical Sciences encompasses a group of disciplines comprising anatomy and histology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and has a presence at Westmead with Applied Medical Sciences. The School contributes to courses in medicine, science, dentistry and pharmacy.

The School of Medical Sciences produces high-impact research across a range of biomedical fields and is a key part of the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Centre.

Further information about the School of Medical Sciences can be found at

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1183/0619F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 15 July 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

  • We are committed to diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, people who identify as LGBTIQ, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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