Research Assistant in Molecular Pharmacology or Biochemistry

St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
$62,716.31 - $70,241.69
21 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
21 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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 successful appointee will be joining a team that is focused on developing and characterising molecular probes and therapeutic lead ligands targeting peptidergic GPCRs.  The appointee will be responsible for the pharmacological charactisation of these ligands to guide ligand design, peptide synthesis and other functional assays (e.g. wound healing and stability assays).

The person

Applicants should possess a degree in the area of Molecular Pharmacology /  Biochemistry or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/ or training. You should have demonstrated knowledge in the area of GPCR Pharmacology as well as experience in cell-culture handling, using HPLC and peptides. You should have a combination of well-developed laboratory skills and the strong desire to problem solve and rapidly learn new skills and concepts.  

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 at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $62,716 - $70,241 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $73,378 - $82,182 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Markus Muttenthaler on

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