Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Polymeric Materials for Membrane Fabrication

University of Queensland



Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Polymeric Materials for Membrane Fabrication

Job No:509633

Area:Aust Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia


Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling.

With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies.

About This Opportunity

AIBN is seeking a full-time, highly motivated Research Fellow to perform cutting-edge polymer material synthesis research within the Thurecht research group, a multidisciplinary research group located in both AIBN and the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI).

The role will comprise the design and fabrication of new membrane technology platforms through advanced materials synthesis and modification techniques. These platforms will then be applied to addressing challenges in separating high-value proteins of interest with an established industrial collaborator.

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.

Our Ideal Candidate

 Our ideal candidate holds a PhD in the areas of polymer and materials chemistry, or an equivalent combination of relevant experiences, training or education. We are seeking applicants who have demonstrated expert knowledge and research experience in;

  • The areas of polymer synthesis and modification, their formation into 3-dimensional networks, and their use in developing membrane technology and applicable materials.
  • Combining information from many different analytical techniques and tools in pursuit of technology development complementing research goals.
  • Dealing with external clients, and a proven capacity to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Project management and administrative skills.

An appointment to this position is subject to the verification of the highest academic qualification from the conferring institution.

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

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 2 years at Academic 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%.

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 509633_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf

Our Selection Process

 Panel Interviews will be held at The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.


 To discuss this role, please contact: Professor Kristofer Thurecht at

Want to Apply?

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

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Advertised: 11 Feb 2020
Applications close: 10 Mar 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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