Molecular Epigenetics Laboratory Head

Molecular Epigenetics Laboratory Head

Application closing date: 
Fri, 23/04/2021 - 5:00pm

An opportunity is available for a Laboratory Head focused on molecular epigenetic mechanisms to join the Epigenetics and Development Division within Australia’s pre-eminent biomedical research institute.

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About the position

A faculty-level opportunity exists for an accomplished molecular epigeneticist to join the Epigenetics and Development Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. The focus of the division is to understand the molecular bases of epigenetic control during development. We are looking for a new laboratory head who shares this focus while bringing complementary expertise to those that exist in the division. For example, this may include, but is not restricted to, study of enhancer biology, human disease modelling, epigenomic engineering, single cell multi-omics, repetitive element silencing. All areas of molecular epigenetics will be considered.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent qualification and will have completed post-doctoral work resulting in an outstanding record of scientific achievements. Their research focus will be aligned with the division and the institute. A history of a highly innovative and collaborative approach to research would be highly valued. Women and early-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 7 years, maximum-term in a full-time capacity, renewable thereafter based on performance review, with underwriting for research and salary support during this period. Salary and appointment level dependent on experience. Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

General enquiries can be directed to Marnie Blewitt – or Anne Voss -

A position description is available.

How to apply

Please email your application including cover letter, CV and a letter addressing the key selection criteria in pdf Expressions of interest should include a full CV, a one-page summary of research achievements, two-page summary of future research plans and contact details of three referees. Particular attention should be given to how your research will enhance the Institute’s existing research programs. All documents should be in pdf format and sent to, quoting reference WEHI/DAMB260221 in the subject line.

Application closing date: 23 April 2021

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At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support women laboratory heads.