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MACSYS Research Fellow in Modelling and Analysis of Chemical Reaction Networks

Job no: 0062933
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Fixed-term for 3 years
Faculty: Faculty of Science 
School: School of Mathematics and Statistics, MACSYS
Level A - $83,468 - $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join the ARC Centre for the Mathematical Analysis of Cellular Systems 
  • Employ advanced mathematical and computational techniques. 
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families! 

About the Role
Join the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Mathematical Analysis of Cellular Systems (MACSYS), the world's largest focused research initiative in mathematical biology. 

As a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow, you will employ advanced mathematical and computational techniques, which may include graph theory, computational algebraic geometry, chemical reaction network theory, and computational topology (including topological data analysis) to: 

  1. understand the structure and function of cellular chemical reaction networks (CRNs). 
  2. identify fundamental design principles of complex CRNs, and/or 
  3. compute informative topological invariants on CRNs, to inform and support the automated generation and in silico evolution of whole cell models (WCMs).    

This position offers the opportunity to contribute to the construction and analysis of mathematical whole cell models (WCMs) and to tackle fundamental biological problems within a diverse and inclusive research environment. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Under the guidance and support of Senior Academic staff conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals
  • Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings as opportunities arise
  • Contribute to the preparation, or where appropriate individual preparation of research proposal submissions to internal or external funding bodies as relevant.

Who We Are Looking For
You will demonstrate a strong aptitude for research, supported by a solid publication record in relevant fields, aligning with your experience and available opportunities. Additionally, you should exhibit a clear commitment and eagerness to develop a successful academic research career trajectory. 

You will also have:

  • Completion (or near completion) of a PhD in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, mathematical or computational biology, theoretical physics, or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge in dynamical systems and algebraic methods for mathematical modelling (e.g. graph theory and linear algebra methods).
  • Experience in the modelling and analysis of chemical reaction networks.
  • Demonstrated interest in cellular signalling (e.g. signal transduction, or gene regulatory networks, or metabolic networks).

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Your New Team – School of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics is one of Australia's leading mathematics and statistics schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School offers a wide range of subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in aspects of community life that impact on the interests of the School and the discipline.

The ARC Centre for the Mathematical Analysis of Cellular Systems aims to deliver the mathematics required to compute life. The Centre will deliver innovation in computational and mathematical biology and establish in silico biology alongside in vivo and in vitro biology. These models will allow us to understand the complexity of life at the cellular level and enable new ways of combining diverse and heterogenous data. This will allow us to understand the mechanisms underlying cellular behaviour, and to apply rational design engineering methods in order to control the dynamics of biological systems.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

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