Postdoctoral research fellow/research fellow in microbial bioinformatics

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivers practical solutions to the complex issues that affect our physical environment and how we interact with it. Our interconnected teams of multidisciplinary scientists and professionals work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management. Researchers, teachers and students from around the world are drawn to our vibrant academic environment at UQ’s stunning St Lucia campus. We house world-class research facilities and have access to unique fieldwork locations in Australia and abroad. UQ’s research excellence in earth and environmental sciences is world renowned, and is reflected by our consistent high ranking in respected global league tables. The School also has an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants and a strong record of high quality publications.

About This Opportunity

The successful appointee will engage in bioinformatic (and statistical) analyses of sequence data derived from microbial communities and develop new tools and software. Proficiency with Python and R, as well as strong writing skills, are essential and the role will involve significant collaboration with others in the group.

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.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer (Level B) position is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor position in the US.

Our Ideal Candidate

The person should possess, or soon possess, a PhD in the area of microbial ecology, microbiology, bioinformatics, computer science or a highly related field. They should have expert knowledge of Python and R and considerable demonstrated expertise in software development. They should have strong writing skills and be able to establish effective relationships with colleagues.

Applicants should also refer to the UQ Academic Criteria for Performance policy.  This policy applies to staff at levels A to E, across all of the academic categories - Teaching and Research, Teaching Focused, Research Focused and Clinical Academic.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion, and actively encourages 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 (24 month) position at Academic level A or B.

For Level A, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $84,878 - $90,982, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%. 

For Level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be $95,771 - $113,728, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%. 

You will be able to take advantage of salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs, UQ Sport Facilities and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 507951 Postdoctoral Research Fellow_Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Paul Dennis by email: ******** 

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

The University of Queensland


Posted: 04 December 20192019-12-04

Location:  Brisbane, QLD

Salary:  $84878 - $113728