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Research Fellow - Cardiometabolic Immunity Laboratory

Job No.: 660737

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time 

Duration: 2-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $78,120 - $106,022 pa Level A / $111,603 - $132,529 pa Level B (plus 17% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your research career in exciting, rewarding directions

At Monash, work feels different. There’s a sense of belonging, from contributing to something groundbreaking and impactful – a place where great things happen.

We value difference and diversity, and welcome and celebrate everyone's contributions, lived experience and expertise. That’s why we champion an inclusive and respectful workplace culture where everyone is supported to succeed.

Together with our commitment to academic freedom, you will have access to quality research facilities, infrastructure, world class teaching spaces, and international collaboration opportunities. 

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The Opportunity

Join the dynamic and innovative Cardiometabolic Immunity Laboratory (Karunakaran Lab) located at the cutting-edge intersection of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Victorian Heart Hospital! You will be an enthusiastic and committed Research Fellow contributing to a career-defining project in the burgeoning field of circadian clock biology, focusing on inflammatory cell death and clearance (efferocytosis) in conditions such as atherosclerosis, obesity and other cardiometabolic disorders.

This is your chance to be at the forefront of scientific exploration, building on the remarkable achievements of our Principal Investigator, as showcased in renowned publications like Circulation 2022, Nature Metabolism 2020, and Science Advances 2016. As a key member of our team, you will co-lead projects unravelling the biochemical and molecular intricacies of circadian clock biology, inflammation, necroptosis, and efferocytosis, employing cutting-edge techniques and leveraging unique mouse models for in vitro and in vivo studies.  In vitro and in vivo experiments will include frequent time course studies (including 2h or 4h collections) over a 12h, 24h or 48hr periods. Time in lieu to be negotiated post-experiments

The Cardiometabolic Immunity Lab embraces an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing fundamental methods such as primary cell culture and state-of-the-art technologies available at the Monash Research Platforms (e.g., 'omics') to gain unprecedented insights into the mechanisms underlying health and disease. Your role will not only involve delivering high-quality research services but also fostering collaborative relationships with Monash University researchers across various disciplines.

As a successful candidate, you will be on a fellowship track, playing a pivotal role in crafting grant applications and producing impactful research papers. Additionally, you will be involved in conducting literature reviews, guiding and co-supervising both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as junior staff within our dynamic laboratories.

You will have:

  • A doctoral qualification in biochemistry, molecular biology and cardiometabolic diseases.
  • A strong track record of refereed, mid-to-high impact research publications
  • Demonstrated drive and motivation to pursue an academic research career.
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to manage junior staff or supervise students and adapt to the evolving research directions.
  • Experience in mouse models of atherosclerosis and obesity, as well as primary cell tissue culture.

This position is for 2 years, with the opportunity for renewal (pending external funding).

Don't miss this chance to be part of an exciting and transformative journey in cardiovascular and metabolic research. Elevate your career and make a lasting impact with the Cardiometabolic Immunity Lab – where innovation meets discovery! Apply now to shape the future of circadian clock biology and advance our understanding of cardiometabolic biology.

Diversity is one of our greatest strengths at Monash. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, and people of all genders, sexualities, and age groups.

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Monash avidly supports flexible and hybrid working arrangements. We have a range of policies in place enabling staff to combine work and personal commitments more easily.

Your employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of all pre-employment and/or background checks required for the role, as determined by the University.

Your application must address the selection criteria and include a cover letter and CV. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".


Dr Denuja Karunakaran, Laboratory Head, Cardiometabolic Immunity,

Position Description

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Closing Day

Thursday 22 February 2024, 11:55pm AEDT

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