Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Brisbane, Australia
05 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) which was established in 2010 and comprises of four research centres – the Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Horticultural Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.

QAAFI’s team of 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff undertake high impact science for agriculture and food industries. The institute’s strong partnership with the Queensland Government provides our researchers with a direct link to the agriculture industry in Queensland, and world class field research facilities throughout Queensland. Agriculture is one of UQ’s highest ranked research fields nationally and internationally and QAAFI is a global leader in agricultural research in subtropical and tropical production systems.

QAAFI scientists are driven to make a difference to the agriculture and food industries and have over 150 collaborators worldwide.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

The role

In this role you will have the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the Northern beef industry. 

By applying genomic technologies in beef cattle improvement, improvements in fertility and other key drivers of productivity are anticipated.  You will assemble, analyse and deliver results from large genomic and phenotypic data sets, including through novel analysis approaches. 

These approaches will include use of multi-variate genomic selection, use of proxy phenotypes, use of whole genome sequence data, and new strategies to merge large data sets that have been collected and are currently being collected. 

The successful candidate will play an important role in communicating the outcomes of these approaches to collaborating Northern beef herds, and will assist in applying the technology in these herds.

The person

The applicant is expected to have a PhD in an area related to genetic improvement in fertility and maternal productivity of beef cattle, and demonstrated expert knowledge in multi-variate genomic prediction in beef cattle.  An ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote genetic improvement at a university and wider community level, including industry is essential.

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


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $83,295 - $89,285 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $97,456 - $104,464 p.a.).

Position Description

505377_3043912_Postdoctoral Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Ben Hayes on

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