Marine Biology Jobs Australia

Minderoo Foundation

Research Officer – Marine Cell Biology

Company Description

Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation. We take on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change. We incubate ideas and accelerate impact. We push the limits of what is believed possible. Minderoo Foundation is independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies, with AUD $2 billion committed to a range of global initiatives. Our team comprises over 150 employees across seven locations.

The Minderoo OceanOmics program will create a world-class integrated ocean monitoring platform to inform decision-making in ocean resource and ecosystem management. Deploying a range of advanced molecular and genomics techniques that will be adapted or developed to monitor the planet’s oceans by sampling individual whole cells and cell-free genetic material from a range of marine habitats.

Job Description

Based in Perth and in collaboration with other team members, the Senior Research Officer will drive and be directly involved in the development and implementation of novel cellular & molecular approaches for marine wildlife assessment and monitoring.

Under the direction of the OceanOmics Research Director, you will be responsible for the conception and execution of new experimental procedures, including experimental design, data acquisition, data analysis & interpretation as well as contributing to preparation of scientific publications and outreach material.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to the development of impactful and innovative research for the advancement of the research program.
  • Development, delivery and evaluation of novel concepts and techniques in single-cell marine genomics, using flow cytometry and cell sorting technologies as well as high-throughput and single-cell sequencing.
  • Communication of findings though the production of scientific papers, reports and outreach material.



  • Experience in a variety of cellular and molecular techniques, particularly those applied to single cell genomics.
  •  Experience in developing and applying bioinformatics pipelines and with the analysis of genomic data
  • Experience with fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and flow cytometry assays and conducting post-acquisition analyses.
  • Strong technical, analytical and troubleshooting skills and experience with complex, heterogenous samples.
  • Experience with or a demonstrated interest in marine ecology.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a demonstrated publication track record in high quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently, without supervision, and as part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Highly developed organisational skills, with demonstrable success in working to deadlines and with numerous priorities.
  • Be self-directed, forward & creative thinker, pro-active and have a ‘can do’ attitude.


• Experience in using Becton Dickinson flow cytometry instrumentation.

• Demonstrated ability to analyse large sequencing datasets.

• Experience working at sea. • Postdoctoral experience.

Additional Information

Of vital importance is that you have a “can-do” attitude and be proactive in suggesting improvements or developing creative solutions to challenges and processes, you can adapt be flexible, and thrive on uncertainty!

Are you resilient enough to bounce back up, dust yourself off, and go again with enthusiasm and a never, ever give up attitude after being knocked back or pushed down?

Are you really up for the challenge?

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