Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Virology

University of Queensland
February 09, 2023
Offerd Salary:$74,308
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
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  • School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

  • Full-Time, Fixed-Term Position for up to 12 Months

  • Academic Level A

  • Closing Date: 9 February 2023 (R-21752)

  • About This Opportunity

    This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the RNA Virology Group to focus their efforts on progressing research projects and developing their expertise and emerging research profile in molecular virology.

    The RNA Virology Group was the first to discover how sfRNA is produced and to demonstrate its function in facilitating viral evasion of antiviral response. These findings have been published in high impact journals such as Cell:Host and Microbe, Nature Communications and Science Advances and have attracted significant competitive funding. The successful candidate will progress these pioneering findings to the next level to provide deeper insights into the molecular mechanism of sfRNA function.

    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.

    Key responsibilities include:


  • Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in high quality outlets.

  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.

  • Work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.

  • Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.

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

  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Show leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the group

  • Provide support to other academic positions and group operations as needed during other team members absences.

  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required.

  • Collaborate in service activities external to the group.

  • This role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.

    About the RNA Virology Group at SCMB

    RNA Virology Group headed by Professor Khromykh is internationally recognised for expertise in molecular biology of positive strand RNA viruses with the main research interests including molecular virology, viral pathogenesis and virus-host interactions. The viruses studied in the group are pathogenic RNA viruses, viruses such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, and SARS-CoV-2 virus.

    The goal of the research is to determine the mechanisms by which these viruses cause disease in the hosts and to identify viral and host factors determining the outcome of infection. The group uses a range of classical and more modern approaches including molecular manipulations with viral infectious cDNA clones and replicons, transient and stable expression of viral proteins and noncoding RNAs, viral replication and virulence assays, deep mutational scanning, mass spectrometry, next generation sequencing, siRNA knockdowns, and knockout cells and mice. Together, these approaches allow the group to perform detailed analysis of the effects of changes in the viral and host genomes that are likely to have a profound impact on virus replication and pathogenesis.

    The group collaborates extensively with other research groups at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (https:// www. as well as other UQ, National, and International research groups with the outcomes of these collaborations published in Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Advances, Nature Microbiology, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications and other reputable journals.

    About You
  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in Virology.

  • An emerging profile in research in Virology.

  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding.

  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities

  • Broad range of experimental skills in Virology and molecular biology including molecular manipulation with viral genomes as well as various assays for isolation and analysis of viral and cell nucleic acids and proteins.

  • Expertise in next generation sequencing and bioinformatic analyses of large datasets will be advantageous.

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 12 months at Academic Level A.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308.68 to $99,426.59 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $86,941.16 to $116,329.11 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 Alexander Khromykh at [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.

    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.

    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.

    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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