Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuropeptide Research

University of Queensland



Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuropeptide Research Group


Job No:508809

Area:Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($67,542.89 - $90,982.26)

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB)

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

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow opportunity to join Neuropeptide Research Group led by A/Prof. Markus Muttenthaler the successful appointee will gain highly regarded exposure in; 
  • exploration of Nature's biodiversity to develop molecular probes and discover novel therapeutic leads with applications in pain, cancer, memory, autism and gastrointestinal disorders. In particular 
    • Design and synthesis of peptides, molecular probes and organic building blocks
    • Structure-activity relationship studies of molecular probes and therapeutic leads

Our Ideal Candidate

  • will have obtained a PhD in the discipline area of Synthetic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Pharmacology or Biochemistry
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct meaningful research in the discipline areas:
    • peptide synthesis and characterisation
    • structure-activity relationship studies
    • molecular biology and pharmacology
  • Experience in the research areas below is desirable:
    refer to the position description for the full selection criteria 
    • venom peptide drug discovery
    • medicinal chemistry and peptide drug development
    • GPCR or ion channel pharmacology (IP-1, cAMP, FLIPR)
    • peptide structure determination by NMR
    • phage display

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, 12 month fixed term position at Academic Research Level A with potential for extension.The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range from $67,452.89 to $90,982.26 p.a pending qualification and experience plus super. contributions of 17% (the total FTE package will be from $79,025.18 to  $106,449.24)You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, 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 508809 Postdoctoral Research Fellow PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact A/Prof. Markus MuttenthalerFor application queries, please contact stating UQJob number in the subject line

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:
  • Cover letter 
  • Resume; to include a minimum of 2 referee contact details 
  • selection criteria; no more than 2-3 pages
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: 01 Nov 2019

Applications close: 08 Dec 2019 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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