Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology

Gatton, Australia
22 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Veterinary Science

The School of Veterinary Science has a rich history having been founded in 1936 and has a reputation for graduating self-reliant, independent and highly capable veterinarians with plenty of initiative and drive. The School has high quality facilities at the UQ Gatton Campus, providing the teaching, research and clinical infrastructure and resources to develop its strong reputation as a leading provider of veterinary training, research and clinical care. The school also maintains a small animal hospital and large animal clinic at Dayboro, north-west of Brisbane.

The role

This role will undertake research in developing new SNP-based diagnostic tests for POLLEDNESS in Australian cattle breeds, including taurine and indicus breeds and tropical composites. As a significant barrier to validation and adoption is uncertainty around phenotype measurement, complicated by the SCURS effect, you will liaise with breeders and commercial producers to develop practical methodologies for accurate phenotype data collection

In this project you will undertake high throughput sequencing as well as genotyping of cattle. The project will involve a significant genotyping and sequencing component. You will also perform analyses utilising new and existing genomic and sequence data to identify genes and markers that are associated with SCURS and provide new understanding of biological processes underpinning this phenotype. Further, you investigate whether there are negative pleiotropic effects of these genes on other cattle phenotypes.

You will work within a team of scientists within the University and CSIRO with expertise in animal production and molecular genomics and will engage with industry partners. You will be expected to support other scientists as well as PhD students working in the same area and build a positive workplace culture.

The person

Applicants will have a PhD in the area of molecular biology with knowledge of sequence analysis, genome wide association studies, and complex trait genetics together with demonstrated ability to analyse large genomic data sets and test hypothesis with these data


This is a full-time fixed term appointment of 24 months at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,545.80 - $87,535.13 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $95,408.59 - $102,416.10 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Russel Lyons on 0434 618531 or 07 5460 1974 or email .

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Curriculum vitae and Selection Criteria responses.

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