Associate professor in algal biosystems and biotechnology

[Australia] The Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3) is currently in a phase of significant growth in response to changes in the Australian and international research environments. As such, we are currently looking to appoint an Associate Professor in Algal Biosystems and Biotechnology.

About the role

This newly created position will see you taking a lead role in the growing the algal bioproducts team. You will be tasked with engaging new industry partnerships and collaborations that will lead to further publications, research funding and commercial opportunities, at the same time maintaining existing industry relationships.

The team has emerged from recent research into the potential industrial uses for algae, such as biofuels and pharmaceuticals, and has now reached the stage where it needs independent leadership to enable it to meet its research potential.

As a member of the C3 Executive Committee, you will participate in the key decision making processes of C3 as well as contributing to the direction and ongoing development of C3. In particular you will have ultimate responsibility for the strategic leadership and growth of the algal bioproducts research program and will work closely with industry partners to identify and deliver outcomes.
About the Institute

Since its inception in 2008, the Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3) at the University of Technology Sydney has been delivering on its strategic plan to build momentum, increase impact and be recognised internationally for its research excellence.

The institute has quadrupled in size since 2008 and has expanded its research capability from ecology to include additional expertise in plant physiology, microbiology, cellular biology, microfluidics, biochemistry, molecular biology (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), physics (bio-optics), ecological modelling, chemistry, bio-informatics and remote sensing.

To be successful in securing the role you will have:

  • a PhD in a relevant field such as biotechnology, phycology, marine biology
  • a demonstrated track record of scientific publications and successful research funding of research with impact relevant to an appointment at this level.
  • a demonstrated experience of successfully managing a team of high performing researchers
  • a strong and broad understanding of the key principles and questions within the field of algal biotechnology and an insight into the potential directions of the bioeconomy,
  • a detailed knowledge of algal physiology, molecular biology, synthetic biology, biochemistry and metabolic engineering of algae
  • a strong working knowledge of the production of raw materials, including scaling up production of biofuels, nutraceuticals and/or pharmaceuticals.

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We’re known for our industry focus, practice-based teaching and learning, real world research and our location. With state-of-the-art campuses and facilities, we’re preparing students to become global thinkers, leaders and innovators.


Salary Range: $140,016 to $149,105 pa (Level D)

The university offers 17% employer provided superannuation. This appointment will be on a four year fixed term full-time basis.

You will also reap the rewards of working in a supportive environment with employee benefits including flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave, study support and salary packaging opportunities.

How To Apply

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted. Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

Prior to commencing your application for IRC79913, please review the Position Statement and the relevant selection criteria, which you are required to address in your submission in a separate document.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC79913.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team on[email protected] or +61 (02) 9514 1080.

Specific enquiries on the role can be directed to Professor Peter Ralph at [email protected].

Closing Date: 27 April, 2016 at 11.59pm

UTS is widely acknowledged as a leader in promoting gender equity and social justice. Cited as a WGEAEmployer of Choice since the inception of the award, UTS is a current participant in the SAGE pilot program, Australia’s trial of the Athena Swan gender equity accreditation program. We welcome applications from women, particularly for senior and non-traditional roles.


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