Research Fellow in Bioscience

University of Queensland

Research Fellow in Bioscience



About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.


At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.


As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.


About This Opportunity 

This Postdoctoral Research Fellow position will focus on investigating the molecular and genetic basis of bacterial and fungal resistance to existing and novel antimicrobials. The successful candidate will contribute to and support the Blaskovich group’s research program focused on the discovery and development of novel therapeutic leads to treat bacterial and fungal infections, including fundamental investigations into the interactions of antibiotics with bacteria in order to rationally design better antibiotics. 

Key responsibilities include:  

1. Research

  • Develop a coherent research program and emerging research profile by conducting research aligned with the interests of the Blaskovich group and publishing high impact scholarly papers.

  • Undertake advanced microbiology experiments to investigate the activity of novel antimicrobials, including studies of bacterial adaptation leading to resistance.

  • Investigate the mechanism of action of novel antimicrobials by molecular, cellular, whole-genome and biophysical techniques.

  • Maintenance of database to record biological strain data and genetic results and generation of reports to summarise experimental data.

  • Assist with external proposals, funded projects (including industry collaborations), internal discussions, and dissemination of results through journal publications and conference presentations.

  • Identify gaps in research knowledge and emerging research topics that could lead to the development and implementation of new research programs.


2. Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to supervision of Honour student and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Contribute to development and upskilling of research group. 

  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.


3. Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Develop external relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

  • Perform a range of administrative functions.

  • Contribute to activities that benefit the organisational unit, including participation in decision-making and serving on internal committees.

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.


This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.


This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 18 Months. At Academic level A the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $77,324.85 - $102,945.12, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,470.08 - $120,445.79 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.


The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.


About You  

  • PhD in the discipline area of microbiology or biochemistry. A focus on molecular microbiology or microbial genomics is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience to conduct meaningful research with a track record of publications in the discipline areas:

  • molecular bacteriology (i.e., cloning, mutagenesis, plasmid design and construction, genotypic and phenotypic assays, PCR, qPCR, etc.).

  • infectious disease microbiology.

  • biophysical assays.

  • protein purification and characterisation.

  • Publication of research findings in peer reviewed journals and conferences.

  • Demonstrated high-level communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective collaborative relationships with stakeholders to ensure project objectives are met.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a multidisciplinary background.

  • Ability to work independently with excellent problem solving and organisational skills. 

  • Ability to establish effective relationships to represent and promote the research area at a university and wider community level, including industry, government, and professional bodies.

  • Experience in the research areas below is desirable:

  • genomics and bioinformatics, including whole genome sequencing, assembly and analysis

  • bacterial resistome and resistance mechanisms

  • generational passage resistance selection studies

  • transposon-directed insertion site sequencing (TraDIS) and related technologies

  • drug discovery and development

  • 1 – 2 years postdoctoral experience would be highly advantageous


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

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

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

  • Background Checks: 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. 



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Mark Blaskovich at


For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.


Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing Selection Criteria   

  • Resume 


Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close Saturday 29 June 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-38643).