Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
University of Queensland School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) combines the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Parasitology into a single academic unit. The School has modern research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and research infrastructure. The School includes over 50 academic staff, who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds. Information about the School and research interests of academic staff may be found on the web site

The role

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will primarily focus on the use of molecular dynamics simulations to predict the morphologies of organic semiconductor thin films in order to determine whether computer simulated morphologies can be used to predict the structural and performance properties of commercially relevant OPV devices. The person appointed will develop and use novel molecular dynamics simulation methodology to predict the structural details of films containing specific organic semiconducting materials as well as validate the results of the simulations against experimental data in collaboration with researchers from Heliatek GmbH. They will also conduct independent research in areas agreed on by the supervisors as well as advising and supervising postgraduate students working on related research projects.

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

The person is required to have a PhD with expert knowledge in the area of molecular dynamics simulations and/or related computational techniques and prior experience in the calculation of optical, charge transport or structural properties based on simulation data with evidence of strong analytical and computational skills. Experience in the study of organic semiconductor thin films and knowledge of experimental diffraction or reflectivity techniques would be a distinct advantage.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

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


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $83,627.77 - $92,782.26 p.a, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%. 

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), 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 PD 3066749 Postdoctoral Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Prof Alan E. Mark ( 

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
  • Selection criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 02 Oct 2020

Applications close: 30 Oct 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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