Postdoctoral Fellow, Fatkin Lab, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Darlinghurst, Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow - Zebrafish

Full-time, 12-month fixed term contract

Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW

Reporting to: Head, Inherited Heart Disease


The role

The Inherited Heart Disease laboratory, headed by Professor Diane Fatkin, is seeking a driven and highly motivated experimental Postdoctoral Fellow to join the zebrafish team.

You will be part of a highly collaborative group comprising of cardiologists, genetic counsellors, bioinformaticians, medical scientists and molecular biologists whose primary objective is to investigate the genetic basis of two of the most common types of heart disease: dilated cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation. 

In this role, you will have the opportunity to study how genetic changes affect the heart's contraction and rhythm using cutting-edge imaging technology and multi-omics in zebrafish models. A major focus will be on investigating mechanisms of alcohol-induced heart disease. 


What we will trust you with


  • Conduct high quality innovative research.

  • Design and execute experiments.

  • Analyse and interpret research data, communicating findings effectively.

  • Initiate and contribute to publications within area of expertise.

  • Present relevant seminars, both within and outside the Institute.

  • Develop advanced research procedures.

  • Develop a sophisticated relationship with the scientific literature appropriate to the research program.

  • Regularly attend and contribute to meetings associated with research of the Division/Group and, where appropriate, other research groups.

  • Take shared responsibility (with Laboratory Head) for laboratory research budget and project management.

  • Contribute to research grant proposals submitted by the Laboratory Head.

  • Adopt a proactive approach towards winning other external research funding (such as postdoctoral training and travel fellowships).


  • Supervise or co-supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  • Supervise and train support staff.

  • Assist with training new investigators in use of specialised laboratory equipment and advanced research procedures.


Does this sound like you?

  • PhD in biological sciences, medicine, or a related discipline.

  • Strong interest and experience in zebrafish research, in particular genome engineering, imaging, and immunohistochemistry/histology.

  • Excellent molecular biology skills.

  • Preferable experience in assessment of cardiac function in animal models, such as ECG and echocardiography.

  • Excellent data interpretation skills including biostatistics, written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong organisational, time management, and project management skills.


·       A strong publication record.

·       Experience in grant writing.


About us

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (the Institute) is dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease and is one of the most respected heart research facilities in the world. Renowned for the quality of its breakthroughs, the Institute was established in 1994 and has grown to a team of more than 200 researchers from around the globe, working across five divisions.

A global centre-of-excellence, it integrates Cardiac Physiology and Transplantation, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology, as well as Vascular Biology. At the Institute, we translate our discoveries into new diagnostics, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease - reducing the incidence, severity, and impact of heart disease. 


What you will be proud of

Being part of an Institute that is not only dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease, but one that also strives to ensure our employees and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces diversity, gender equity and promote flexible working arrangements for all employees.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. We also welcome applicants with diverse educational backgrounds, professional knowledge, personality types, thinking styles and life experiences. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


What we offer

  • Salary packaging/sacrificing (up to $15,900 per annum plus $2,650 for meals and entertainment)

  • State of the art facilities

  • Stimulating work setting focused on cutting edge medical research

  • Collaborative team environment

  • Continuous learning and development opportunities


Come and work with us & help make a difference.


Summary for SEEK:

Exciting opportunity to investigate the genetic basis of two of the most common types of heart disease: dilated cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation.