Researcher in Chemical Engineering

University of Queensland



About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.


Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.


Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5 a day)

  • Salary packaging options


About This Opportunity 

The Senior Research Project Officer will assist in development, management, and execution of projects across Premium Food and Beverages (PreFAB) program, reviewing actions against delivery milestones for PreFAB projects, assisting managing delivery and editing of reports and publications from PreFAB researchers, and in managing interactions with UniQuest for IP development.  The role will support development of industry forums and cluster meetings, assist in the coordination of activities across PreFAB including seminars and team/project meetings, and provide general administrative assistance to program leads, including management of travel, meetings, and budget.  They will assist in the coordination of the Research & Development Technical Team (RDTT) and other researchers within PreFAB to assist the program delivers against its targets.


Key responsibilities will include: 


Research Project Coordination

  • Coordinates aspects of the research project cycle, including planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation to support the successful completion of projects.

  • Utilises research project management programs/applications/software.

  • Provides research project and administrative support, including monitoring and reporting on project plans, milestones and deliverables, as well as stakeholder engagement.

  • Assists with implementing research project plans, including collating documents and records regarding relevant issues to ensure projects comply with agreed research methodologies.


Technical/Scientific Research

  • Provides technical research advice on appropriate methods, equipment, quality assurance procedures, risk assessment and waste management.


Research and administrative support

  • Coordinates research documentation, including ethics and funding applications.

  • Prepares reports, graphs, figures and presentations on research outcomes at different stages of the research cycle.

  • Assist researchers prepare and write scientific and technical reports/papers/presentations, including proof reading, editing and guidance.

  • Provides administrative expertise supporting the PreFAB Program Leader including where necessary diary management and scheduling, and planning and implementing high-quality administrative systems.

  • Supports and coordinates activities and communication of PreFAB project outcomes with FaBA Directorate as required for Trailblazer promotion and reporting to government.


This is a full-time (100% FTE) or part-time (80% FTE), fixed-term position for up to 2.5 – 3 years depending on FTE.


At HEW level 6, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $84,871.95 - $91,158.90, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $99,300.18 - $106,655.91 annually. 


About You

  • Completion of a relevant degree in Sciences or Engineering with subsequent experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in project management/administration.

  • Demonstrated research project-relevant knowledge and skills with expertise in a wide range of specialist and general research techniques including writing and editing of scientific reports, papers and proposals.

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and monitor budgets and interpret financial reports.

  • Well-developed problem-solving skills, with an ability to forward plan, prioritise tasks to meet deadlines and work with a high level of adaptability, both independently and as part of a team.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to produce clear, succinct documentation and the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of stakeholders in a research environment.

  • Commitment to upholding the University’s values, and with the outstanding personal qualities of openness, respectfulness, and integrity.


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Jason Stokes. For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  

  • Resume 


Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close on 19 October 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-30913).

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