Research Assistant in Chemistry

Brisbane, Australia
22 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Centre for Advanced Imaging

The Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), a strategic initiative of The University of Queensland, is a leading imaging research facility in Australia, and one of a handful in the world. It brings together the skills of a critical mass of researchers and state-of-the-art, world- or Australian-first imaging research instruments including NMR, EPR, MRI, PET, CT, optical imaging and an on-site cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities. CAI hosts the largest Node of the National Imaging Facility (NIF) ( ).

CAI conducts research across the spectrum from development of new imaging technologies, analysis of molecular structure, synthesis of MRI and PET biomarkers targeting fundamental biological processes to studies of major diseases affecting a range of organ systems, through to imaging economically significant agricultural animals and plant material, minerals and construction materials.

Further details on the Centre for Advanced imaging and ongoing research can be found on CAI’s website

CAI 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 CAI Women in Imaging website at 

The role

The primary purpose of this position is to be actively involved in the development and preclinical assessment of aptamer-targeted nanomedicines by supporting the project as a Research Assistant. This will comprise assisting in synthesis of hyperbranched polymer as well as post-modification to produce novel targeted nanomedicines. The role will additionally support the research team conducting preclinical evaluation of resulting constructs in murine models.

The person

Applicants should possess qualifications and/or training in relevant disciplines equivalent  to an undergraduate degree (preferably honours) in Chemistry. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in polymer chemistry and nanomedicine, good general research skills, a strong methodological background, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very good writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.

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.  

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


This is a full-time, 10 month fixed term appointment at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597 - $72,348 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,579 - $84,648 p.a.).

Position Description

504667_3042454_ Research Assistant_Position Description.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Nicholas Fletcher on +61 7 33460359 or 

How to Apply 

Please submit your application to using the job title and job number in the subject line. 

All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.