Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Biological Sciences
University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($67,542.89 - $90,982.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Science 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. The School has broad expertise across ecology and evolution, molecular and quantitative genetics, paleobiology, developmental biology, behaviour, plant and animal physiology, and conservation biology.  Our research programs involve a diverse array of taxa, ranging across microbes, animals and plants, including a particular focus in the areas of marine biology and entomology. Unique opportunities for biological research and teaching are provided by our proximity to a stunning array of marine and terrestrial subtropical habitats and their endemic biodiversity.   A number of research programs in the School take advantage of major model-organism systems, including Drosophila, C. elegans, and Arabidopsis, and many include a strong quantitative and modelling focus.


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


The role

A research associate is sought to work under the FRDC funded project “A trivalent vaccine for sustainable yellowtail kingfish growout”. Working with Dr Andrew Barnes, the position is based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus, and involves laboratory, aquarium and in silico work. This is a highly technical project specialising in bacterial pathogenomics pertaining to vaccine design and construction as well as in vivo evaluation.


The person

Applicants should possess or have recenty submitted a PhD in Microbiology or Microbial genomics. They should have demonstrated expertise in bioinformatics, vaccine development, and DNA vaccine technology. An understanding and experience of research animal welfare and ethics legislation is essential. Industry experience in animal vaccine design, production and testing is desirable


Demonstrated ability to follow safe work practices associated with aquarium and biosecure (PC2) laboratory environments. Ability to liaise with co-workers from very diverse backgrounds including farmers, field veterinarians, government and scientists is necessary. Ability to prepare high quality draft milestone reports to strict deadlines is essential. This is a highly technical project specialising in vaccines and vaccination. Consequently, applicants whose post-graduate qualification is in marine biology or aquaculture will not be considered.


The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  


This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.



This is a full-time fixed term 3 year appointment at Academic Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $67,452 - $84,878 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $79,025 - $99,307 p.a.).[ACB1] 


Position Description

Download File 3028122 Postdoc Research Fellow PD.pdf




To discuss this role please contact Dr Andrew Barnes on +61 7 3346 9416 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, curriculum vitae and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Advertised: 29 May 2019 
Applications close: 27 Jun 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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