Research Assistant in Molecular Bioscience

St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland
07 Oct 2016
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06 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term


The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is a leading global life sciences research institute committed to improving quality of life through research. 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 is home to more than 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff from more than 40 countries who work in partnership with their academic, industry and clinical colleagues around the world to advance knowledge in areas including pain, rare diseases, inflammation, superbug infection, cardiovascular disease, environmental research, drug discovery and development, cancer, diabetes and obesity, and reproductive health. Our mission is to drive the bioeconomy and create better health; our vision is to be a life sciences institute with global impact.

By investigating how we grow and develop at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ levels, IMB researchers can better understand the development processes and pathways involved in human and animal health and disease. The institute also has the technical capacity to translate its new knowledge into drugs, diagnostics and technologies to more effectively prevent, detect and treat disease; and pursue opportunities in a range of biotechnology applications for health, industry and the environment.

IMB's research outcomes are protected and commercialised by UQ-owned technology transfer group UniQuest.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's website at:

The Role

The appointee(s) will be required to support researchers on a wide range of research projects. The nature of the research in the Program is analysis of large scale genome-wide data sets (millions of genetic markers on up to half a million people) of DNA variants, DNA methylation or gene expression data. The applications of the research in the Program are to understand and interpret the nature of variation of complex genetic traits (e.g.height as a model trait) and diseases (e.g., psychiatric disorders, neurological disorders).  The appointee with conduct analyses of large scale data sets under supervision of a postdoctoral researcher.  One to two positions are available.

The Person

Applicants should possess a degree in statistical genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, computer programming, statistics or other relevant areas. You should also have a knowledge of the principles of genetics and genomics.  Computing skills, including in scripting language and programming is essential.  Applicants should also have self-reliance, motivation, and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. 

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:  

Applications are also encouraged from women.

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


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months at HEW Level  5 or 6. The remuneration package will be in the range $62,716 – $70,241 p.a. (HEW 5) or $72,045 – $77,635 p.a. (HEW 6), plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $73,378- $84,082 p.a. (HEW5) or $84,293 - $92,795 p.a. (HEW 6)).  The level of appointment will be commensurate with the successful appointee's qualifications and experience.

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Jian Yan on +61 7 334 66396 or

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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