Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Polymeric Imaging Agents

Brisbane, Australia
$88,401 - $102,416
07 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling. With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies.

The University of Queensland node of the ARC Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology is located within the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). The CoE is led by Monash University, with other nodes at the University of Melbourne, the University of NSW and the University of South Australia. The Centre is a significant international multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research activity (29 Chief Investigators across 15 organisations) that has an annual discretionary budget of approximately $5 million a year.

Polymeric imaging agents are attracting enormous interest due to a number of advantages over small-molecule agents, such as synthetic flexibility, control of molecular size, simple routes to targeting, the potential for responsive behaviour, multimodality and if appropriate the possibility of delivery of therapeutic payloads. This project will form part of the activities of the newly-established CoE. A core program of the CoE is the development of novel approaches to imaging of disease and to understanding how nanoparticles interact with the human body. The key imaging modalities to be investigated are MRI (1H and 19F), PET, x-ray CT and optical imaging.

AIBN is committed to supporting the career growth of female researchers and have a number of initiatives to support females in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our AIBN Women in Science web site at

The role

The successful candidate will conduct research into the synthesis and characterisation of polymeric imaging agents, and pre-clinical imaging involving these molecules on animal models. The candidate will develop a strong and productive research program in polymeric imaging agents, including synthesising and characterising novel polymeric materials and contributing to research activities of the AIBN Polymer Group, partners in the CoE and current collaborators in QIMR Berghofer, CSIRO and IHBI, using various imaging modalities. Additionally the candidates will prepare reports of experimental findings, write publications and present seminars.

The person

Applicants must have a PhD in chemistry, biomedical materials science, or related fields or significant progress towards obtaining this qualification. Applicants should have extensive experience in synthesis and characterisation of polymeric materials and have knowledge and experience with measurement of the properties of polymers, especially in solution, using scattering techniques and high resolution NMR. Fundamental knowledge of materials science and its application to imaging agents as well as knowledge of the main imaging modalities, PET, MRI, x-ray CT and optical imaging will be highly regarded. Experience in the preparation of competitive research grants and supervision of graduate students are desirable.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion. Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Applications are also encouraged from women.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment until 31 December 2017 at Research Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $75,557 - $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $88,401 - $102,416. p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss these roles please contact Professor Andrew Whittaker

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Application closing date

Sunday, 23 April 2017 at 11:55pm E. Australia Standard Time

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