The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Academic level A
Full Time, Fixed Term for up to 2 years
Closing 28 September 2022 at 11.00pm AEST (R-16079)
About This Opportunity
A Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus their efforts on developing their
expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline. At this level the
incumbent will be supported and guided by more senior academic staff with the
expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time. The primary purpose
of this position is research into new herbicides candidates for weeds of
national significance and interactions with biological control agents
developed for those weeds.
Key responsibilities include:
Performing plasmid design, expression, purification and enzymatic assays
on our herbicide target, acetohydroxyacid synthase. To conduct inhibition
assays and crystallization studies on this enzyme. To solve structures of
plant acetohydroxyacid synthase by X-ray crystallography or where needed
solve by cryo-EM.
Performing rational structure based design of inhibitors of
Be able to plan and undertake weed testing assays in culture or in a
Advising and supervising postgraduate students and working with colleagues
and postgraduates in the development and implementation of collaborative
research in herbicide evaluation.
Be highly proactive in generating data, and carefully documenting all
methods, procedures and raw data, to underpin high-quality reports and
Presenting research findings at meetings, seminars and conferences.
Supervision and Researcher Development
Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by
Research students (as appropriate) in the Guddat group.
For a full list of duties, please request a copy of the Position Description
Completion or near completion of a PhD in biochemistry specializing in
structural biology with associated experience and expert knowledge in the
area of drug or herbicide design.
Expertise in X-ray crystallography and some practical expertise in cryo-EM
Excellent working knowledge of fundamental chemical principles as applied
to drug/herbicide design
Demonstrated science innovation and creativity, including the ability and
willingness to incorporate novel ideas and lateral thinking into
scientific investigations to develop appropriate solutions to research
Delivery of results to required standard and schedule, and an ability to
work to deadlines and perform under pressure.
Demonstrated experience preparing reports of experimental findings for
publications and presentations.
Ability to quickly acquire new laboratory techniques and to perform them
routinely at a high level of accuracy and efficiency.
Experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards
Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency
research team, and the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous
Knowledge of HSW guidelines and laboratory safety.
What We Can Offer
This is a full time, fixed term position for up to 2 years at an Academic
The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $72,144.35-
$96,530.67 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in
the range $84,408.89 - $112,940.88 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 -
To discuss this role please contact Professor Luke Guddat via
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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
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 will not be accepted.
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. As this position is based in a Queensland Health
facility, this may include the COVID-19 vaccination.
Work Rights: This position is open to candidates who currently hold
unrestricted work rights or candidates who are currently on a relevant work
visa based within Australia. Visa sponsorship may be available for this
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.
We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from
those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion
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