Research Assistant

University of Queensland


August 3, 2021


Research Assistant

Apply now Job No:515415 Area:Faculty of Science Salary (FTE):Professional Level 06 ($80,784.26 - $86,768.42) Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term Location: St Lucia

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is one of the largest Schools of this type in Australia, comprising research and teaching experts in plant and soil science, animal science, agricultural business, environmental science and food, nutrition and technology. With nearly 350 staff, 300 higher degree research students and over $33 million in operating and research income, the School has helped UQ to become recognised as one of the top 20 universities in the world for Agricultural Sciences, and the leading agriculture university in Australia.

Located at St Lucia and Gatton, the School is a large and dynamic multidisciplinary hub focused on applied research and teaching within the Faculty of Science committed to finding innovative and technology focused solutions to global challenges. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degrees encompassing agriculture and related disciplines ranging from Bachelor Degree to Doctorate. Quality laboratories and facilities and strong partnerships with industry, community and government bodies, provide an environment that enables world class research and research training. Further information on the School's teaching programs, research focuses and community activities can be accessed at www.

About This Opportunity

The Research Assistant manages will work as part of a research team on projects related to pineapple tissue culture and molecular analysis. The position will undertake a range of laboratory experiments including plant tissue culture and transformation, making tissue culture media and subculturing callus tissues, extracting genomic DNA and performing PCR. You will also undertake general duties around the lab and glasshouses.

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. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should possess a Bachelor degree in Biology or a related discipline area with relevant experience in tissue culture and/or transformation and basic molecular biology techniques like DNA extraction and PCR. You will need to have the ability to work in a team in a collaborative fashion with high level interpersonal skills as well as the ability to work independently in a self directed manner.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

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

This is a full-time, fixed term position until the end of January 2022 at HEW level 6.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $80,784 - $86,768, plus super of up to 17%.

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.

Position Description

Position Description2021-July.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Jimmy Botella at

For application queries, please contact 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
  • Resume
  • 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: 20 Jul 2021 Applications close: 03 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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