Postdoctoral Research Officer in Biology

Brisbane, South East Queensland, Australia
$64,533.50 - $87,535.13 p.a.
12 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute was established in 2007 as the sixth research institute of The University of Queensland. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. Based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus in Brisbane, the Institute has almost 300 researchers and students who work closely with clinicians in the areas of cancer, immunology and genomic medicine. UQDI is the largest partner in TRI, and is building major programs in Immunology, Cancer and Genomic Medicine research, with a particular focus on research aimed at development of new treatments.  Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the Institute's web site at

The role

An experienced Postdoctoral Research Officer is sought to conduct research in microbial biology and (meta)genomics as part of the Eastern IBD Gut Microbiota (ENIGMA) project: a multinational and -institutional consortium funded by the Helmsley Foundation. The ENIGMA project is dedicated to understanding the role(s) of ethnicity and/or geography on the microbiome and inflammatory bowel diseases. The person is expected to produce high level and innovative research directly relevant to the research goals of the ENIGMA project, leading to high impact scholarly papers and reports. The person will also work with colleagues and postgraduates locally, interstate, and internationally, for the successful completion of joint research projects relevant to the ENIGMA project. This may include occasional short-term interstate and international travel. The person will also foster the research group's and Institute's relations with the foundation, as well as industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community, as required.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD and several years postdoctoral experience in Microbial Biology or a closely related area. They should demonstrate expert knowledge in microbial physiology, genetics, and genomics, and related bioinformatics platforms, with a particular focus on the gut microbiome in humans and/or animals. Previous research experience in a clinical setting, nutrition and dietetics, or similar research fields is highly desirable. The successful candidate must also demonstrate excellent communication skills, and an ability to establish effective professional relationships to represent and promote human microbiome research at a university and wider community level, as well as the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams across multiple sites.

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 1 year, at Research Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,533.50 - $87,535.13 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,504.20 - $102,416.10 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Mark Morrison on +61 7 3443 6957 or

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