Operations Manager

Brisbane, Australia
22 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, located on the main University campus, is Australia’s leading biosciences research institute. Established in 2000, the Institute is home to over 420 staff and is located in thriving Brisbane, a city consistently ranked as one of the world’s most vibrant and livable cities.

The Institute, ranked in the Top 20 globally for life sciences research, pursues a multidisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s most serious challenges in the fields of health, disease and sustainable solutions for our cities, fuels and foods. The Institute is housed in a single building and is organized into technological platforms (Divisions) and research themes (Centres). The Divisions support state-of-the art facilities including the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, which houses new cryo-electron microscopes; the NMR facility containing 500, 600 and 900 MHz machines; the Mass Spectrometry Facility accommodating a wide array of instrumentation; suites for work with a variety of model organisms; a plethora of next generation DNA sequencing technologies and the southern hemispheres leading program in complex genetic traits. The Research Centres accommodate 36 groups using a combination of genomics, chemistry and cell biology to take life science discoveries from the genome to drug design and application in the areas of antimicrobial resistance, inflammation, pain, cardiovascular disease and rare and developmental diseases.

The quality of our internationally recognised researchers underpins our research excellence. Over the past five years, our group leaders have attracted nearly $250 M in research funding. They have leveraged funding from over 40 different national and international research sponsors including significant support from federal and state government sources. The success rate in federal funding schemes is amongst the highest in all of Australia. The accomplishment of our staff is reflected by the consistent contribution they make to the prestigious Nature science index and by the fact five are listed in the prominent 2018 Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers List.

A corner stone of the Institute is the strong emphasis on ensuring our discovery science has impact by translating our research discoveries to meet industry, community and clinical needs. The Institute has generated more than 30 patent families and has spun out multiple companies. The impact of our work is illustrated by two biopharmaceutical companies founded in the Institute, Protagonist Therapeutics Ltd and Inflazome Ltd. The former company entered into a $1 B worldwide agreement to co-develop a drug for inflammatory bowel disease and the latter recently received $70 M to develop treatments for inflammatory diseases. Our ambition to strengthen our translational portfolio continues.

The Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) is a major UQ initiative that aims to develop advanced technologies in structural and functional analysis of genomes across the university. The GIH will implement novel and promising methodologies developed both at UQ and elsewhere, in collaboration with key research groups; extending these techniques to address specific questions of interest to UQ researchers and assisting researchers to apply these techniques in the three key areas: health, agriculture and the environment.

The role

The Operations Manager is a critical member of The Genome Innovation Hub (GIH), reporting to the Director of Operations. The primary role of the Operations Manager is as the GIH Facility Manager, responsible for all day-to-day operations of the hub. You will work to promote good communication within each project team and with the various management groups and will ensure the multiple concurrent projects are managed efficiently and appropriate regulatory approvals are adhered to. The Operations Manager will help foster collaboration with the UQ research community and UQ service providers to implement novel research approaches developed by the GIH.

The person

Applicants should possess a degree in Biological Sciences with at least four (4) years subsequent experience in genetics, molecular biology and genomics. You should have effective project management skills with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing tasks and projects within specific time frames, the ability to work independently with high levels of self-motivation and initiative and excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

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 (https://staff.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/human-resources/diversity) 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, two year fixed-term appointment at HEW Level 8 . The remuneration package will be in the range $94,667 - $106,298 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $110,760 - $124,369 p.a.).

Position Description

 PD_506841_Operations Manager.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Grant Montgomery (GIH Director of Operations) on +61 7 3346 2612 or email g.montgomery1@uq.edu.au.

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

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You must have valid Australian work rights to apply for this role. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.