Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Virology

University of Queensland
February 14, 2023
Offerd Salary:$74,308
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Contract Type:Fixed-term position
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  • The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

  • Academic Research Level A

  • Fixed-term position for up to 12 months

  • Closing February 14 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-22059)

  • About This Opportunity

    This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate the role the flavivirus NS1 protein plays in viral replication through the identification of structural motifs that engage with membrane components and aid in the formation of the viral replication complex.

    On infection, flaviviruses trigger a massive reorganisation of cell membranes with cholesterol recruited into structures required for viral replication. The NS1 protein is critical for this process, although the precise nature of this cofactor function has yet to be elucidated. This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate the role the flavivirus NS1 protein plays in viral replication through the identification of structural motifs that engage with membrane components and aid in the formation of the viral replication complex.

    1. Research

  • Conduct research investigating how the flavivirus NS1 protein engages membrane components and how this influences the fate of NS1 and its role in viral replication.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • 2. Supervision and Researcher Development

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

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

  • Effective 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.

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

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

    About You

  • A PhD in molecular virology or cellular/molecular biology.

  • An emerging profile in research in the discipline area.

  • 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

  • Good interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills

  • Excellent planning, organisational skills and attention to detail

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor / supervise junior research members

  • Ability to work to the highest ethical and professional standards

  • Experience highly regarded but not limited to: Flow cytometry (staining and analysis), Confocal microscopy, Tissue culture (cell culture, virus production, transfection, and infection), Molecular biology (Cloning / western blot analysis / immunohistochemistry / RT-PCR / DNA and RNA sequencing), Lipid raft floatation assays.

  • Sound computer skills (Word processing, PowerPoint, Excel, database use, EndNote, Illustrator, Prism) and data analysis skills.

  • Desirable

  • Experience with super resolution microscopy, correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM), transmission electron microscopy and single particle analysis.
  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time (100%) fixed-term position up to 12 months at Academic Research Level A.

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

    The following flexible employment options may be available for this role; some working from home; variable start or finish times; purchased leave.

    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 Dr David Muller via [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.

    Other Information

    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]

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