Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences and Centre for Marine Science

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Biological Sciences and Centre for Marine Science

The School of Biological Sciences and the Centre for Marine Science are part of the Faculty of Science. UQ’s proximity to a stunning array of marine and terrestrial subtropical habitats and their endemic biodiversity, including two island marine stations, provide unique opportunities for biological research.

The School of Biological Sciences has broad expertise across ecology and evolution, molecular and quantitative genetics, paleobiology, developmental biology, behaviour, plant and animal physiology and conservation biology, and is one of the largest and most successful of its type in Australia, with 49 full-time academic staff, and over 200 enrolled PhD students. BIOL research programs involve a diverse array of taxa, ranging across microbes, animals and plants, including a particular focus in the areas of marine biology, entomology, major model-organism systems and quantitative biology.

The Centre for Marine Science is one of the largest and most diverse groups of marine experts in Australia, comprising nearly 100 research-intensive groups, nine Australian Laureate Fellows and close to 400 PhD and Master’s students, and spans the sciences and engineering, social sciences, business, management and law. CMS collaborates with industry, community organisations, Traditional Owners, government and non-government organisations, philanthropic foundations and other research institutions to develop positive impacts locally and globally.

The Marine Genomics Lab, where the position will be located, is part of the School of Biological Sciences and the Centre for Marine Science, and has a comprehensive suite of advanced molecular, cell and microscopy infrastructure, as well facilities for cultivation of marine organisms. In addition, the MGL is supported by high performance NeCTAR computing and storage that covers all advanced bioinformatic analytical needs. The MGL currently consists of a diverse group of postdoctoral scientists and PhD and Honours students, ensuring a dynamic, diverse and creative working environment.

Further information and details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the school’s web site at

About This Opportunity

The position provides the opportunity to undertake postdoctoral research into the fundamental rules governing the origin and evolution of animals, as part of team of researchers and PhD students in the Marine Genomics Lab at UQ. You will focus your research on a well-understood, simple animal system, the sea sponge, Amphimedon queenslandica.

The position will commence in the second half of 2021, and provides an excellent opportunity to develop skills that can lead to further opportunities for a career in science, research or academia.

The 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.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate has a PhD and has (i) extensive pre-doctoral and/or postdoctoral experience in molecular, cell and/or developmental biology, and bioinformatics, and (ii) an understanding of animal development and evolution. They have the ability to manipulate, analyse and visualise genes and cells during development, and have experience in generating and analysing genomic, transcriptomic and chromatin-state data sets, especially at the level of individual cells. We are seeking a candidate with strong organisational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to prioritise their own workload, exercise independent judgement and work independently to meet project deadlines.

Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Our ideal candidate will also have (i) the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students and volunteers, (ii) strong interpersonal skills, and (iii) experience in contributing to supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students in a research environment.

A commitment to upholding the University’s values, and with the outstanding personal qualities of openness, respectfulness and integrity is essential.

It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity. The position will commence in the second half of 2021, ideally July 2021.

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, three-year fixed term position at Academic level A (Research Focussed).

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $85,300.33- $94,637.91, plus superannuation of up to 17%.

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

Position Description

Download File 512194_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf

Our Selection Process

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by a panel at The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. 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.   

Panel Interviews have been scheduled for late February 2021.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Bernard Degnan (

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

Advertised: 03 Dec 2020
Applications close: 12 Feb 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time