Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow
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Area:Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
IMB is a global leader in multidisciplinary life sciences research, bringing
together 500 researchers from across the globe for disease discovery,
application and sustainable futures.
Formed in 2000 as an initiative of The University of Queensland, State and
Federal Governments and private philanthropy, IMB is one of the largest life
sciences institutes in the Asia-Pacific region. It has capitalised on one of
the greatest periods of discovery in history – the genetic and molecular basis
of life and its diversity.
About This Opportunity
A Postdoctoral Research Fellow and/or Research Fellow is sought to engage in
research and grow their research profile within Dr Allan McRae or Dr Sonia
Shah's research groups. For an appointment at a Research Fellow Level B, the
incumbent will be required to develop and run their own research projects in
collaboration with PCTG team members and fulfil the necessary requirements to
contribute to the effective supervision of Honour and Higher Degree by
We have two projects available:
Genomic control of human complex trait variation (Under supervision of Dr Allan McRae – Systems Genomics Group)
Most human variation is complex, being influenced by large numbers of genetic
and environment factors, many of which act at the level of the regulation of
the genome. This project will combine cohorts with ‘omics data (including DNA
methylation and gene-expression) with large biobank cohorts to investigate
the role of genomic regulation in human complex trait variation. Methodology
developed in this project will be applied to answer questions including
differences across ancestral groups, male/female differences and the role of
the environment in genomic regulation.
Pharmacogenomics (Under supervision of Dr Sonia Shah)
The research aims to develop a pipeline for the analysis of genomic data in
order to identify unknown effects of medication, with the aim to identify
potential drug repurposing opportunities as well to improve our understanding
of drug safety by identifying potential unknown adverse side effects.
UQ's IMB is a leader in drug discovery research. In collaboration with IMB
drug discovery groups, the genomic analysis pipeline developed as part of this
research will be used to identify new therapeutic applications for novel
compounds and evaluate their safety in humans.
These positions are primarily located at our picturesque St Lucia campus.
Our Ideal Candidate
A PhD in statistical genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, computer
programming, statistics, econometrics or other relevant areas in addition to
knowledge or expertise in the principles of genetics and genomics, and linear
model methodology, is essential to the role. A strong background in statistics
and a proven ability to code efficiently in low-level programming languages
(eg., C/C++) will be highly advantageous.
Our ideal candidate will possess demonstrated high-level communication and
interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively collaborate and will
demonstrate evidence of research productivity.
Knowledge or expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable:
Quantitative genetics models and theories
The development and application of multi-marker methods
The analysis of large-scale SNP array and whole genome sequencing data
Analysis of large-scale genetic data
Integrative analysis of omics data
For an appointment at Level B, the successful candidate will also demonstrate
a minimum two years postdoctoral experience or equivalent and demonstrated
research portfolio consistent with this experience.
We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from
those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion
webpage contains further information if you require additional support.
Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to
What We Can Offer
There are two positions available. They are full-time, fixed term positions
for up to two years at Academic level A or B.
For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range
$70,449.07 - $94,637.91 per annum, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE
package will be in the range $82,753.80 - $110,726.35 per annum.
For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range
$99,542.79 - $118,206.74 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE
package will be in the range $116,465.07 - $138,301.88 per annum.
Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment .
You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave
loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private
health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.
For further information, please review The University of Queensland's
Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.
515385 Postdoctoral Research FellowLevel AB PD.pdf
To discuss this role please contact Dr Allan McRae at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dr Sonia Shah at email@example.com
For application queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating the job
number in the subject line.
Want to Apply?
To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants
must supply the following documents:
Cover letter addressing key Selection Criteria
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.
Advertised: 22 Jul 2021
Applications close: 19 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time