Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chemistry

University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience


Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow - Chemistry

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Area:Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

IMB is a global leader in multidisciplinary life sciences research, bringing together 500 researchers from across the globe for disease discovery, application and sustainable futures. 

Formed in 2000 as an initiative of The University of Queensland, State and Federal Governments and private philanthropy, IMB is one of the largest life sciences institutes in the Asia-Pacific region. It has capitalised on one of the greatest periods of discovery in history – the genetic and molecular basis of life and its diversity.

About This Opportunity

This position will join the Protagonist Therapeutics team and be involved in its broad discovery efforts utilising their experience in Medicinal and Peptide chemistry. The researcher will be involved in the company’s target-specific drug discovery efforts through the synthesis and biochemical analysis of compounds directed at biological targets.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis of constrained peptides and peptidomimetics
  • Physiochemical characterisation of peptides
  • Preparation of reports and presentation of results in project meetings
  • Bioanalytical methods (LC-MS-MS)

These positions are primarily located at our picturesque St Lucia campus.

Why Join Our Team

Protagonist Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that has multiple assets at various stages of development. The successful candidate will be part of an industry focused team working closely together where the end-goal is to deliver novel therapeutics. As such the successful candidate will gain experience from drug discovery all the way to the IND -stage drug development.

Our Ideal Candidate

A PhD (or significant progress towards) in relevant area of Chemistry or Biological Chemistry, in addition to expertise in synthetic peptide or bioorganic chemistry, is essential to the role. A strong understanding in principles of SAR optimisation and how to apply them to lead optimisation will be highly advantageous. 

Our ideal candidate will be self driven and possess demonstrated high-level communication, organisational and interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively collaborate and will demonstrate evidence of research productivity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

There are up to four (4) full-time, fixed term positions available with possible extension at Academic level A or B.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,342.89 - $92,782.26, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $81,131.18 - $108,555.25.

For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $97,590.98 - $115,888.95 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $114,181.44 - $135,590.08.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 Download File 3068785_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Greg Bourne.

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter with responses to the Selection Criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 21 Dec 2020

Applications close: 19 Jan 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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