Research Assistant in Chemistry

Brisbane, Australia
07 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

The Institute’s 500 scientists, support staff and postgraduate students from more than 40 countries are working to improve quality of life for all. IMB has three major divisions and four research centres. IMB’s multidisciplinary research programs focus on advancing medical genomics, drug discovery and biotechnology. By investigating the basis of growth and development at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ level, our researchers aim to better understand the development processes and pathways involved in human and animal health and disease. They also work to translate these findings into diagnostics; technologies and therapeutics to more effectively prevent, detect and treat disease, and deliver a sustainable future for Australia through initiatives such as clean energy and new agricultural compounds.

IMB is equipped with state-of-the-art research infrastructure including mouse and zebrafish facilities, advanced imaging and microarray platforms, high-throughput sequencing, advanced bioinformatics and proteomics – all of which support the Institute’s leading life sciences research. Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s website at:

The role

This role will be required to provide synthetic organic chemistry support to inflammatory research projects on NLRP3 and also to Co-ADD hit development. These projects are working on short timelines and some are milestone driven therefore a dedicated and reliable team member is required to devise and develop synthetic routes to successfully synthesise key compounds for screening.

The person

The successful candidate will hold qualifications and training equivalent to an undergraduate degree in chemistry or related field; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience, as well as sound knowledge and understanding of organic synthesis, purification techniques and analytical chemistry. They will have experience in the use of a wide range of computer applications in a network environment (particularly SciFinder, Reaxyx, ChemDraw, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel). They will also have an ability to maintain laboratory records of procedures undertaken and excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and be able to prioritise their own work. 


This is a full time, fixed term appointment for twelve (12) months at HEW Level 5.  The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597.80 - $74,021.26 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,579.43 - $86,604.88 p.a). 

Position Description

501130_3036529_Research Assistant_IMB.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Avril Robertson at

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