Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatric Genomics

St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
$64,533.50 - $87,535.13
01 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
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

There are two positions available. The successful appointees will work on one of two research projects in psychiatric genomics: (1) systems genomics of autism (funded by the Autism Cooperative Research Centre), (2) genetic analysis of the relationship between parental age and risk of psychiatric illness (funded by the NHMRC). These projects will provide opportunities to work with a variety of genomic data, including SNPs, DNA methylation, gene expression, metagenomic and metabolomic data, some generated in-house, and some from collaborators and the public domain. The appointees will work collaboratively with colleagues at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences and from several other universities in Australia and Europe. There will be opportunities to be part of research teams, to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to co–supervise honours and/or doctoral students.

The person

We are seeking highly motivated researchers with a PhD in statistical genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics or a related field. The successful applicants will have extensive experience with large whole genome datasets, and have excellent statistical, computing and analytic skills. Recent experience with high throughput sequence data (e.g. WGS, WES, RNA-Seq, metagenomic) and/or metabolomic data would be an advantage. You should have a strong desire to develop a successful and productive research career in human genetics. You should also have very good written and verbal communication skills, strong attention to detail, and the capacity to work indepedently and as part of a research team.

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:  

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


The two positions are full-time fixed term appointments for a period of up to 2 years at either the Academic level A or B. The remuneration package will be in the ranges of $64,533 - $87,535 p.a. (Academic Level A) OR $92,142 - $109,419 p.a. (Academic Level B), plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the ranges of $75,504 - $102,416 p.a. (Academic level A) OR $107,807 – 128,020 p.a. (Academic Level B)).

Position Description

POSITION DESCRIPTION_ Psychiatric Genomics Postdoc_24022017.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr. Jake Gratten on +61 7 33462623 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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