Research Fellow in Agriculture and Food Innovation

Brisbane, Australia
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
28 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a unique research institute in Australia – a jointly funded initiative of UQ and Agri-Science Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland, part of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). QAAFI conducts research and development to benefit the food and fibre sector both nationally and internationally.

The Institute's strengths are reflected in its three research centres – the Centre for Plant Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.  QAAFI brings together scientists from UQ and DAF to conduct high-end science that delivers higher impact outcomes for industry and the community.

QAAFI offers postgraduate programs in the disciplines of Plant, Animal and Food sciences internally and externally and provides professional training to both Australian and international students.

The role

This role will undertake and manage research in an exciting new area of predicting performance of livestock and crops from their own genomes, the genomes of their commensal micro-organisms (for example rumen micro-organisms in the case of cattle), gene expression data and metabolomics data.  In this position you will co-supervise PhD students and manage staff, as well as undertaking research to develop novel methodologies for predicting production, health and environmental traits with information derived from high throughput sequencing data.  You will develop and submit research proposals in this area to revelant funding bodies.  You will be expected to support and supervise other scientists as well as PhD students working in the same area and build a positive workplace culture.

The person

Applicants are required to have a PhD and additional research experience in the area of sequence analysis of both livestock species and their microbiomes, and complex trait genetics.  You should have a good track record of publication and some experience in managing research projects and staff on these projects.     

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 role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years at Academic Level B. The remuneration package will be in the range $92,142.74 – 109,419.20 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $107,807.01 – 128,020.46 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Ben Hayes on +61 7 334 62173 or

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