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Research Fellow

Posted date: 12 / 01 / 2023

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI543
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Sunday, 12 Feb 2023
  • Contact maria.makrides@sahmri.com
Apply now



About the role

Full-time, 3 year contract $90,000 to $100,000 pa, depending on experience

SAHMRI Women and Kids Theme


  • Fast-track your career by joining a highly successful team of researchers
  • Strong desire to improve health outcomes through high quality research
  • Interest in nutrition to improve human health
  • World-class health and medical research facility in Adelaide
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Three year contract with option to extend


At the SAHMRI, we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people. The SAHMRI Women and Kids Theme runs nutrition intervention trials which focus on enhancing cognitive outcomes, achieving optimal growth and preventing allergic disease in young children, with a particular attention to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The theme has its headquarters at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital campus and shares laboratories in the main SAHMRI building. The Theme was among the first to demonstrate the role omega 3 fatty acids in preventing preterm birth and the essentiality of omega-3 fats in the neural development of infants born prematurely published in JAMA and the NEJM.


The position

An opportunity exists for a Research Fellow to join the Fatty Acid Research Program in the SAHMRI Women and Kids Theme. The successful candidate will be asked to lead a research project designed to determine how clinical and bioactive lipid mediators (oxylipins) derived from omega-3 fatty acids  are associated with health and cognitive outcomes in infants and to explore mechanisms by which omega-3 fatty acids extend gestation in women. The Theme has developed a range of systems to support researchers including admin support staff, a clinical trials platform, a team of nationally recognised statisticians, and world standard laboratory facilities staffed by highly skilled technical teams with access to a range state of the art instruments (https://facilities.sahmri.org.au/). In addition, the Theme supports a laboratory technologist who can assist Theme researchers.

The Research Fellow will integrate their expertise into existing programs with potential to pursue their own research interests within this field, eventually leading their own group. They will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of grant applications, the analysis and interepretation of biochemical and clinical findings and the preparation of manuscripts for publication in high quality journals. The Theme has a proud history of mentoring junior staff and students to achieve promotion internally and externally.


Key responsibilities of the Research Fellow include:

  • Aim to establish a world class research centre within SAHMRI
  • Bring their unique expertise/viewpoint to the current multidisciplinary team.
  • Design and conduct research projects in collaboration with other researchers
  • Contribute laboratory expertise to the design and analysis of clinical trials
  • Provide laboratory support to projects led by other researchers
  • Initiate to new funding applications and contribute to group applications
  • Develop and validate new methods
  • Write clearly documented protocols associated with research programs
  • Enthusiastically prepare manuscripts for submission to journals
  • Supervise or mentor junior researchers and students



About You

  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership potential, excel in critical thinking and problem solving, and have a proven record of teamwork and collaboration.

The successful candidate will also possess the following:

  • A doctoral level degree in any of a range of fields related to the biological basis of human health including chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, nutrition or other health related fields including medicine, dietetics or allied health 
  • At least 2 years’ relevant experience
  • Substantial experience research methodology
  • A record of peer-reviewed research publications
  • Proven ability to attract research funding
  • A strong desire to become a research leader in their field
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


To apply and for a copy of the position description, please click here. Applications should include a cover letter that briefly summarises your relevant qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills, as listed in the position description.


For more information, please contact Maria Makrides, Theme Leader, SAHMRI Women and Kids, at maria.makrides@sahmri.com

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program

Applications close Sunday, 12 Feb 2023

Contact maria.makrides@sahmri.com

Apply now

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