Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Bioscience

University of Queensland



Institute for Molecular Bioscience

The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, located on the main University campus, is Australia’s leading biosciences research institute. Established in 2000, the Institute is home to over 420 staff and is located in thriving Brisbane, a city consistently ranked as one of the world’s most vibrant and liveable cities.

The Institute, ranked in the Top 20 globally for life sciences research, pursues a multidisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s most serious challenges in the fields of health, disease and sustainable solutions for our cities, fuels and foods. The Institute is housed in a single building and is organized into technological platforms (Divisions) and research themes (Centres). The Divisions support state-of-the art facilities including the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, which houses new cryo-electron microscopes; the NMR facility containing 500, 600 and 900 MHz machines; the Mass Spectrometry Facility accommodating a wide array of instrumentation; suites for work with a variety of model organisms; state-of-the-art high-performance computing facility; a plethora of next-generation DNA sequencing technologies (via UQ Genome Innovation Hub located at the Institute), and the southern hemisphere’s leading program in complex genetic traits. The Research Centres accommodate 36 groups using a combination of genomics, chemistry and cell biology to take life science discoveries from the genome to drug design and application in the areas of human health, biotechnology, and the environment.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed at:

The role

The person appointed to this position will be responsible for assembly, analysis and interpretation of genome-scale sequence data from coral reef symbionts and related dinoflagellate species within a recently funded Discovery Project. The successful applicant will collaborate as appropriate in the identification of potential genomic signatures of symbiosis and adaptive selection. There are opportunities to be part of research teams, to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, to travel for collaborative research visits or attending conferences, and to supervise honours, masters and doctoral students.

The person

To be successful in this appointment, you will hold a PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, marine biology, genomics, bioinformatics or a related discipline, partnered with at least three years' full-time experience in a relevant area of molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, transcriptomics, or bioinformatics. You will also hold experience in scientific programming and/or scripting, having familiarity with working under UNIX environment and a knowledge of modern scripting language. Additionally, you will also be able to demonstrate: a high-level ability to write scientific papers; an organised approach to tasks with high attention to detail; and effective collaboration and communication skills. 

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $67,542 - $90,982) p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $79,024 - $106,448 p.a.).

Employees can take advantage of UQ’s Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, and many other benefits.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

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

Position Description



To discuss this role please contact Dr Cheong Xin (CX) Chan via 

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

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

For information on completing the application process click here.

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