Postdoctoral Researcher in Modelling and Plant Network Biology

University of Queensland

Centre Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Fellow - Modelling and Plant Network Biology

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture is a research Centre within the School of Biological Sciences, School of Mathematics and Physics, School of Law and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).  The ARC CoE for Plant Success is administered at The University of Queensland and has Nodes at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Monash University, Macquarie University (MQ) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  There are also a number of domestic and international partner institutions.

The ARC CoE for Plant Success will discover the adaptive strategies underpinning productivity and resilience in diverse plants and deepen knowledge of the genetic and physiological networks driving key traits. Using novel quantitative and computational approaches, the Centre will link gene networks with traits across biological levels, giving plant breeders an unparalleled predictive capacity. The Centre will accelerate technologies to transfer successful networks into crops and build legal frameworks to secure this knowledge. With a uniquely multidisciplinary team, the Centre will deliver new strategies to address the problems of food security and climate change, establishing Australia as a global leader in these areas.

The Australian Research Council funded the CoE for Plant Success in late 2019 and work is underway to establish the Centre, which has 17 chief investigators, 11 partner investigators and 27 associate investigators.

About This Opportunity 

Working with the Centre Director and Deputy Director and their relevant research groups/collaborators, you will be responsible for building computational and mathematical models of the mechanisms/processes/networks that underpin shoot architecture. With colleagues, they will also work with molecular, physiological and whole plant phenomic and genomic data generated from Arabidopsis populations and genotypes.  With collaborators the models and population data will enhance further discovery of genetic and molecular components and enable an understanding of selection to improve the rate of genetic gain in breeding.

You will have a wide range of research, teaching, service and engagement duties and responsibilities which is listed in the Position Description below.

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

To be successful in this role, you will possess, or be working toward a PhD or equivalent in quantitative biology. Experience in quantitative description of networks is desirable. You will contribute to meaningful research, with a track record publication of research findings in peer reviewed journals and conferences. You will have demonstrated experience working with biological or other complex networks with an emphasis on quantitative analysis including some programming experience and statistical analysis (e.g. in R). Modelling experience is also highly desirable in this role. Your excellent interpersonal and communication skills will equip you to work in a cross-disciplinary environment, establishing effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

To be successful at a Level B level, you will also demonstrate clear evidence of your leadership skills. This will be demonstrated through your strong track record of leading and working on multiple projects and supervision of postgraduate research students. You will also have experience in programming, statistical analysis and modelling.

All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Visa sponsorship may be 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 at Academic Research 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.

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

Download File 515023 Postdoc PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Christine Beveridge 

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
  • Resume
  • Responses to the 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: 13 Jul 2021
Applications close: 10 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time