Research Assistant in Biological Science

RMIT University



  • Full-time, Fixed Term position for 3 years

  • Salary Level Academic A6 + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements

  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University


About the Role
Join our dynamic team as a Postdoctoral Researcher in a cutting-edge project funded by the ARC Discovery Project titled "Enhancing Biomolecule Stability with Ionic Liquids." Collaborate with a distinguished group of experts from RMIT and Portugal (Prof Tamar Greaves, Prof Calum Drummond, Dr Andrew Christofferson, A/Prof Jorge Pereira) to revolutionise protein studies beyond their native environments. Through innovative methods involving high throughput robotics, synchrotron analysis, and Molecular Dynamics simulations, contribute to the development of novel solvents that amplify stability and solubility of biomolecules.


This role offers not only the chance to advance your research career by working on ground-breaking projects but also provides avenues for global travel, networking, presentation at prestigious international conferences, mentorship of postgraduate students, and a pathway toward independent research. Shape your future while advancing our understanding of solvent chemistry properties in an inspiring environment, as you strategically design and execute research initiatives in alignment with our esteemed research group.


To be successful in this position, you will meet the following Key Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to design and synthesise ionic liquids, and to characterise the physicochemical and thermal properties of ionic liquids. Or, overall demonstrated ability within the fields of physical chemistry, soft matter or biotechnology with a preference for experimental skills in ionic liquids, physico-chemical and thermal characterization, and / or structural protein characterization.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyse and interpret results from techniques such as spectroscopic, NMR, SAXS, DSC.

  • Experience or interest in high throughput techniques, including use of liquid handling robotics and collection of large data sets.

  • Ability to take the initiative in solving experimental and analysis problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform high quality research independently and in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and effectively manage varying workloads and respond to changing priorities as required.

  • Excellent communication skills.


Qualifications: PhD or equivalent in relevant field (Physics, or Chemistry or Biochemical Engineering or Nanotechnology etc.).


Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children and National Police Check.


About the STEM College

The STEM College holds a leading position and expertise in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health (STEM) fields.  We are uniquely positioned to influence and partner with industry, as never before.


STEM College is a community of exceptional STEM researchers, teachers, inventors, designers and game-changers, supported by talented professional staff. We offer higher education programs across all STEM disciplines at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, and ensure our students experience an education that is work-aligned and life-changing.


The College is renowned for its exemplary research in many STEM areas including advanced manufacturing and design; computing technologies; health innovation and translational medicine; nano materials and devices; and sustainable systems. Our brilliant researchers attract funding from government and industry sources.


Industry is at the heart of what we do. It ensures our research has real world impact, and our students are truly work-ready.  Under the leadership of DVC STEM College & Vice President, Digital Innovation, we have established new hubs of industry-connected digital innovation and endeavour and are engaging with global STEM organisations at scale.


Our diversity and shared values empower our work, and we are proud of the College’s inclusive,    caring culture. We offer a safe, dynamic work environment, and support every member of our community of achieve their potential. The College appointed Victoria’s first ever Dean of STEM, Diversity & Inclusion in 2020, and this role drives gender equity, diversity and inclusion strategies across the College.


STEM College employs 1,000 staff who deliver onshore and offshore programs to approximately 20,000 students.


We are here to positively impact the world and create the next generation of STEM leaders.


School of Science

The School of Science provides more than 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs to 5,000 students and undertakes world-class research across the disciplines of: 

  • biosciences and food technology

  • applied chemistry and environmental science

  • physics

  • mathematical sciences

  • geospatial sciences


To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below.


For further information about this position, please see the Position Description hyperlinked below.


Position Description – Research Assistant (Postdoctoral)


Applications close on Sunday 10 September at 11.59 pm.





Applications Close:

10 Sept 2023 11.59 pm



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