Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioengineering

Brisbane, Australia
10 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
22 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The 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. Information about the Institute can be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

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 UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering (UQ-StemCARE), located within the AIBN brings together UQ’s leading researchers in stem cell biology, bioengineering, neural, vascular, and musculo-skeletal biology, genome biology, proteomics, bioinformatics, and clinical ageing-related research, to address the following challenges:

  • Discover the intrinsic and extrinsic regulators of stem cell ageing within in vivo perivascular, muscle, skeletal and neural stem cell niches;
  • Develop novel in vitro and in vivo models to interrogate the functional interactions between the intrinsic and extrinsic processes that result in ageing of stem cells and their niches in these tissues;
  • Demonstrate that manipulating novel key regulators can maintain stem cell and tissue function with age; and
  • Translate the scientific results into clinical solutions with medical and commercial potential.

The role

This project is part of a multi-disciplinary team focussing on stem cell and niche ageing to design novel regenerative medicine solutions to combat ageing-related decline in function and productivity and increase health span.

The position will be responsible for developing tissue engineered blood vessels that can be incorporated into stimuli-responsive hydrogels to enable the creation of perivascular tissue niches, mimicking those found in the brain, muscle, and bone. The successful appointee will work at the interface of stem cell biology, biomaterials science, multi-mode additive (scaffold) fabrication, and bioreactor and microdevice engineering. This approach represents a front-line solution to create medium to high throughput platforms for functional drug screening and discovery of therapeutics for tissue rejuvenation.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in a relevant field and expertise in one or more of the following areas: Stem cell expansion and differentiation; Development of advanced biomaterials;3D Scaffold fabrication (electrospinning, 3D bio-printing); Polymer hydrogel synthesis/functionalisation, characterisation and biological validation; Biomicrofluidic device design, fabrication, and validation; Bioreactor design and operation; High throughput robotic cell culture, screening and interrogation of data. Demonstrated experience with manipulation and generation of stem cell-based engineered tissues, cell-based microdevice platforms and in vitro engineered niches is essential to this role.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  


This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for 12 months at Research Academic Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,545.81 - $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 Centre Directors Professors Ernst Wolvetang and Justin Cooper-White via email and

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

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Application closing date

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 11:55pm E. Australia Standard Time

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