Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)
Academic Level A
Full-time fixed term position 1 February 2026
Close date: Tuesday 20th December 2022 at 11.00 PM AEST
UQ Careers: R-19405
This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional Postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop an emerging research program aimed at developing next- generation mRNA therapies. The applicant will join a passionate team of scientists at one of Australia's leading mRNA centres. The applicant will work in areas including new mRNA technologies (e.g circular mRNAs), novel nanoparticle delivery methods and mRNA-based gene and cell therapies.
Key responsibilities include:
Develop an ambitious mRNA research program to develop new mRNA therapies including enhanced cell therapies.
Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in high quality outlets.
Lead applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.
Work with a passionate team of mRNA scientists on 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.
Partner with industry leaders on novel technology development.
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.
3. Citizenship and Service
Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.
Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit
Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.
Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.
Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:
The University's Code of Conduct.
Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.
The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.
Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.
Completion or near completion of a PhD in the discipline area.
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
Competitive for national fellowship schemes (e.g NHMRC and ARC) by the end of three year period.
This is a Full-time 100 % FTE Fixed-term position to 1 February 2026 at Academic Level A.
The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $72,144.35 - 96,530.67 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $84,408.89 - $112, 940.88 per annum.
The following flexible employment options may be available for this role: variable start or finish times.
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.Questions?
To discuss this role please contact Dr Seth Cheetham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For application queries, please contact email@example.com stating the job reference number in the subject line.Want to Apply?
All applicants must supply the following documents:
Cover letter addressing ‘About You' section above
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. Applications received via other channels, including direct email, will not be accepted.About The Selection Process
As part of the Selection Process, applicants shortlisted for interview may be required to present a seminar and mock lecture to members of the school community prior to their scheduled interview. Research seminars and lecture topics will be provided with adequate notice to shortlisted candidates.
The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.Other Information
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.
Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.
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