Postdoctoral Research Fellow - School of Biological Sciences University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences Faculty of Science Australia

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job no:507208
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

The successful applicant will be required to conduct research on the role of the innate immune system in animal-bacterial symbioses, using the tropical marine sponge Amphimedon queenslandica, which is a focal species in the Marine Genomics Lab led by Associate Professor Sandie Degnan and Professor Bernard Degnan. This work is part of project funded by the Australian Research Council. The applicant will be expected to take a leading role on those aspects of the project involving generation and analysis of transcriptomic and other ‘omics’ data under ecologically-relevant experimental conditions, and on analysis of innate immune gene families in an evolutionary context. This will require both molecular wetlab and bioinformatic computational skills. There will be opportunities to make substantial contributions to experimental design, collection and analysis of data, writing of papers, and supervision of students.  


The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in the biological sciences, with postdoctoral experience in both molecular biology and bioinformatics. They will need a demonstrated ability to generate and analyse genome, transcriptome and microbiome datasets, and should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They should demonstrate an ability to be able to work both independently and cooperatively, including while under sustained pressure to meet project deadlines.


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.


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This is a full-time, fixed term (3 years) appointment at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $67,542.89 - $90,982.26 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $79,025.18 - $106,449.24 p.a.).


The University of Queensland also offers other competitive options including salary sacrificing, on campus childcare, leave packaging and discounted private health insurance as well as many other benefits.




To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Sandie Degnan via email at 


To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following two documents: A Cover Letter that incorporates specific responses to each of the Selection Criteria, and a Curriculum Vitae.


Advertised: 02 Apr 2019

Applications close: 30 Apr 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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