Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

Brisbane, Australia
03 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland is one of the largest most productive Biology Departments in Australia with strengths in ecology, evolution, genetics, and conservation biology.  Information about the School may be accessed:

This position is associated with Prof. Mark Blows’ and Dr Katrina McGuigan’s research groups, which have a strong focus on the evolution of genetic variation of complex traits, using Drosophila serrata as a model.

The role

The successful applicant will conduct research into how selection acts on mutations to determine standing genetic variance of complex traits. The core project involves analyses of both large genomic datasets and classical observational pedigrees in conjunction with phenotypic data. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute substantially to the project through data analysis and writing papers. There are opportunities within the position for the successful candidate to develop their own independent research projects.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD qualification in evolutionary quantitative genetics or a similar discipline, with postdoctoral experience in statistical analyses of complex pedigrees and /or multivariate phenotypes and/or GWAS. Applicant will be required to have a strong background in experimental quantitative genetics, excellent communication and analytic skills, and strong interpersonal skills. They should demonstrate strong organisational skills and an ability to be work independently to meet collaborative project goals.

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

Position Description Download File Postdoctoral Research Fellow PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Katrina McGuigan at

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