Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Health Sciences

University of Queensland Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: Brisbane

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences

The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS) is a multidisciplinary research Centre committed to world-class research across the environmental health sciences. These include environmental toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, health risk assessment and communication, and state-of-the art monitoring and analytical technologies to quantify emerging environmental health risks.

QAEHS is funded by Queensland Health and The University of Queensland and works closely with Queensland Health to develop its research directions. The Centre pursues research excellence through competitively funded research, as well as government and industry consultancies, and has a successful track record in interdisciplinary collaborative research with international and other Australian institutions.

About This Opportunity

Supported by two new ARC grants, a Laureate Fellowship awarded to Prof Jochen Mueller and a Linkage project led by Prof Mueller, three exciting new opportunities exist to support development of world leading research related to understanding the human exposome (sum of human exposures to chemicals):

  • The Laureate project aims to develop effective tools to understand spatiotemporal trends and factors that drive chemical exposure to identify emerging chemicals of concern. The project will assess factors that affect exposure and model exposure based on chemical production, use and fate. Outcomes will support evidence-based regulation and management of chemicals to minimise adverse impacts of chemical exposure in Australia;
  • The Linkage project aims to better understand chemical and biological hazards in Australia through long-term collection and analysis of wastewater and biosolids. The project has three overarching goals: A) advancing sampling and analytical methodologies to expand the scope and reach of wastewater-based monitoring in Australia, B) measuring and understanding spatial and (long-term) temporal trends for chemical and biological hazards, and C) improving quantitative understanding of the sources and fate of chemical and biological hazards released to the environment from wastewater treatment plants.

The key day-to-day responsibilities for these positions will include:

  • Actively facilitating and conducting research related to understanding human exposures (individual or community) to trace organic pollutants through advancing techniques and approaches such as pollutant monitoring, pollutant characterisation, chemical analytics, data analytics, statistics and/or modelling.
  • Literature reviews, sampling methodology development, sample collection, data analysis and interpretation, analytical method development, data and statistical analysis, data modelling, quality control and quality assurance and ethics clearances.
  • Contributing to the effective supervision of professional research staff undertaking duties relevant to the research process and management of the research projects.
  • Contributing to supervision and training of Honours and HDR students undertaking studies in related research fields, as required.
  • Preparing and publishing research reports and publications and presenting findings at relevant seminars/conferences.
  • Performing a range of administrative functions necessary to support project work.

This position is located at the QAEHS laboratories at Woolloongabba, adjacent to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • PhD in environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, exposure science, data analytics, modelling, or a related area, with experience in the research context.
  • Understanding of, and interest in, sampling, chemical or data analytical approaches, or modelling to monitor and characterise trace organic pollutants in humans and the environment.
  • Where relevant, strong laboratory skills, including experience with extraction and purification techniques for a range of organic contaminants in biotic and abiotic matrices.
  • Demonstrated experience with different sampling methodologies for organic pollutants or extensive demonstrated experience with operating and troubleshooting LC-MSMS, GC-MSMS, GC-HRMS and/or LC-MS QToF instruments.
  • Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analyses and, where relevant, data analysis and modelling.

Should you currently be based within Australia and hold a temporary visa, further visa support for the duration of this appointment may be available.

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 for 2.5 years at Academic Research level A.

The base salary will be in the range $83,627 - $92,782, plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be in the range $97,843 - $108,555.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, discounted private health insurance, development programs and many other benefits.

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

Position Description

Download File 511693_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Prof Jochen Mueller, via  

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 responses to the Selection Criteria
  • Resume
  • One page synopsis outlining your research idea(s) that would make novel contributions to the field of research that you are interested in (see list under Primary Purpose of Position in position description). Note that further information on the ARC projects that these roles will be associated with is available on request.

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: 04 Nov 2020
Applications close: 03 Dec 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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