HERA Senior Research Fellow / Principal Research Fellow

University of Queensland
March 15, 2023
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  • Institute for Molecular Bioscience

  • Academic Level C or D

  • Fixed-term position for up to 5 years

  • Closing date: Wednesday 15th March 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-22628)

  • About This Opportunity

    Joint Appointment across the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Faculties of Science and Medicine.

    Institute for Molecular Bioscience

    The University's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is a leading global research institute. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ's first research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia. In Australia, the Institute is the nation's #1 research institute for research outputs and a leading institute for commercialisation activity.

    Whether it be for common diseases such as COVID-19, chronic pain, cancer and stroke, or for diseases in agriculture, IMB is where the next cure begins.

    Further information is available at https: // imb.uq.edu.au/

    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

    The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) teaches and researches in the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Parasitology.

    Graduates benefit from a strong culture of teaching innovation and student- industry placement training programs, making them job-ready and well-informed about recent developments in science and technology. Students are encouraged to participate in the life of the School. Engagement activities reach out to prospective students, industry collaborators and alumni.

    The School's research encompasses biomolecular investigations of a wide array of targets from small synthetic molecules through proteins, nucleic acids, viruses and microorganisms. We also conduct materials research, leading to the design and synthesis of molecular devices, functional polymers and nanomaterials. Contributions have been made to significant scientific advances as diverse as organic opto-electronics, safer vaccines, combating antimicrobial drug resistance, improved food safety screening, potential treatments for viral infections, and breast cancer research to allow early detection.

    Further information is available at https: // scmb.uq.edu.au/

    UQ Centre for Clinical Research

    The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) is a $70 million purpose-built facility sponsored by Atlantic Philanthropies, the Queensland Government (Smart State funding) and UQ. The building, completed in early 2008, is located at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital site at Herston, Brisbane. The RBWH is the largest teaching hospital in Australia and the site also houses a basic medical research institute (QIMR), and a significant Faculty of Medicine presence, including the Schools of Public Health. The UQCCR has capacity for 320 staff with affiliation guided by research strengths, assessed by defined research quality indicators.

    UQCCR's mission is to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations based on rigorous, high quality clinical research. This is achieved by facilitating research and training, influencing patient care, and providing the translational linkages between basic and applied scientific research, the patient, and health outcomes. The current research themes are: Clinical Neuroscience; Women's Cancer; Fertility; and Infectious Diseases.

    Further information is available at https: // clinical- research.centre.uq.edu.au/

    At Level C, the Senior Research Fellow will engage in research and leverage of their established record of achievement and national recognition in their discipline to develop their international reputation.

    At Level D, the Principal Research Fellow will engage in research and demonstrate a sustained record of outstanding contributions and achievement that is internationally recognised in their field of research. You will also undertake leadership roles including research training and supervision of Higher Degree by Research students.

    At both levels, it is expected that you will make a strong contribution in service and engagement roles and activities.

    This position will specifically bring expertise in bacterial vaccine genomics/bacterial bioinformatics to bridge the gap in the program's capacity to identify the limited number protective antigens among the thousands of proteins that bacterial pathogens express. Vaccine genomics /bacterial bioinformatics , combined with other powerful tools already available at UQ such as transcriptomics, proteomics, surfacomics and Tradis, provides the basis by which bacterial antigens can be selected and explored for protective efficacy.

    Key responsibilities include:


  • Maintain an active record of outstanding contributions to the field and producing quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms as lead contributor, by publishing in high quality national and international research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications.

  • Initiate and lead funding initiatives and applications as chief investigator role in applications for significant research funding to support projects and activities, which includes actively seeking, obtaining and managing research funding.

  • Lead the progression towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.

  • Undertake independent and/or team research that where possible impacts on policy, practices and/or commercialisation resulting in national recognition and developing international recognition in the research area.

  • Assist in shaping significant and strategic research agendas that yield new insights and opportunities to represent and promote the discipline area in leading academic and research forums.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • Teaching

  • Where undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is undertaken achieve teaching quality as indicated by approved surveys and outcomes for students and improve or innovate where appropriate in response to feedback.
  • Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Successfully build and lead a research team, developing and mentor more junior academics and researchers.

  • Act as Principal Supervisor to Higher Degree by Research students.

  • Demonstrates and leads others in the responsible conduct of research.

  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the development of researcher capability and skill.

  • Lead the facilitation of engagement opportunities for supervisees

  • Effectively lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.

  • Manage staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Citizenship and Service

  • Consistently demonstrate and lead others in relation to the UQ values.

  • Make a strong contribution to the governance of the organisational unit, including displaying leadership behaviours.

  • Shows leadership of self and others through mentoring, collaboration and a responsibility for staff wellbeing.

  • Sustain a track record of impact, achievement and initiative in internal service roles.

  • Undertake administrative processes as required.

  • Establish a track record of collaboration in relation to external service activities.

  • Advance external links and partnerships by collaborating on external activities and sustain strategic relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

  • Organisational relationships

  • This position reports to the HERA Program Lead and the Director, Centre for Superbugs Solutions (within IMB).
  • About You
  • Completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline area.

  • An established profile in research in the discipline area.

  • National recognition in the area of expertise, with an internationally developing profile and an established record of publications in reputed refereed journal and presenting at conferences.

  • A strong record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.

  • A solid record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.

  • A growing record of meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with a strong contribution to external activities

  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal and consultative skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a multidisciplinary background.

  • Additional criteria for Level D:

  • A sustained record of outstanding impact and achievement in research in the discipline area.

  • International recognition in the area of expertise and an excellent record of publications in reputed refereed journal and presenting at conferences.

  • Ability to successfully lead a research team, with an excellent record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing significant external research funding from institutional and commercial sources.

  • An extensive record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.

  • A strong record of meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with evidence of leadership in external activities.

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time, 100% FTE fixed term position through to April 2028 at Academic Level C or D (research focussed).

    The full-time equivalent Academic Level C base salary will be in the range of $128,109.64 - $147,717.97 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range of $149,888.28 - $172,830.02 per annum.

    The full-time equivalent Academic Level D base salary will be in the range of $154,254.09 - $169,941.34 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range of $180,477.29 - $198,831.37 per annum.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Professor Mark Walker [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number 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

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    About the Selection Process

    To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline, or their application will not be accepted.

    Other Information

    Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

    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.

    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 our broader community, whether that be gender identity , LGBTQIA+ , cultural and/or linguistic , Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, 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.

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