Research Officer, Institutes for Molecular Bioscience

Brisbane, Australia
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a leading global research institute. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ’s first research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia.

The Institute’s 500 scientists, support staff and postgraduate students from more than 40 countries are working to improve quality of life for all.  IMB’s multidisciplinary research programs focus on advancing medical genomics, drug discovery and biotechnology. By investigating the basis of growth and development at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ level, our researchers aim to better understand the development processes and pathways involved in human and animal health and disease.

They also work to translate these findings into diagnostics, technologies and therapeutics to more effectively prevent, detect and treat disease, and deliver a sustainable future for Australia through initiatives such as clean energy and new agricultural compounds.

IMB is equipped with state-of-the-art research infrastructure including mouse and zebrafish facilities, advanced imaging and microarray platforms, high-throughput sequencing, advanced bioinformatics and proteomics – all of which support the Institute’s leading life sciences research.

Specific initiatives at IMB can be found at (

The role

The successful appointee will work within the laboratory of Prof. Ian Henderson, conducting research aimed at understanding the genetic and biochemical basis for the ability of Gram-negative bacteria to cause infection. They will use animal models to study the ability of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and related species to cause disease. They will perform molecular, structural and biochemical techniques to understand bacterial protein secretion machinery. The appointee will be responsible for experimental design, data analyses, and manuscript preparation, and will also be encouraged to apply for both independent and collaborative funding to support their research focus.

The person

The applicants must have a PhD in the area of microbiology or a related field. Applicants must have demonstrated research competence in microbiology and have experience in murine models of infection with an emphasis on enteric E. coli. They must also possess experience working with bacterial pathogens with an emphasis on the biochemical, strucutral and genetic characterization of components of the bacterial cell envelope.

Attention to detail in carrying out experimental procedures and careful documentation of experimental work is essential. The successful applicant will also show a high level of communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and willingness to accept communal responsibilities in the laboratory.

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 is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years at Academic level A.

The remuneration package for Academic level A will be in the range $77,307.10- $89,285.83 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $90,449.31- $104,464.42 p.a.).

Position Description 

PD_ Research Officer.pdf


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