Research Assistant in Molecular Biology

Brisbane, Australia
25 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

IMB is a global leader in multidisciplinary life sciences research, bringing together 500 researchers from across the globe for disease discovery, application and sustainable futures.

Formed in 2000 as an initiative of The University of Queensland, State and Federal Governments and private philanthropy, IMB is one of the largest life sciences institutes in the Asia-Pacific region. It has capitalised on one of the greatest periods of discovery in history – the genetic and molecular basis of life and its diversity.

Our research is framed through six research centres focusing on superbug infection, pain, heart disease, inflammation, solar biotechnology and the interplay of genomics and disease. We also undertake research in cancer, brain injury and disease, the environment and agricultural solutions.

Institute scientists use a range of model systems and facilities to advance their research in chemistry and structural biology, genomics of development and disease, and in cell biology and molecular medicine.

IMB’s combination of life, pharmacological and chemical researchers means that the Institute can take life science discoveries from genome to drug design and application – for health, disease and for the sustainability of our cities, fuels and foods.

IMB is proud of its strong reputation as a generator of new knowledge. With 66 patents and 11 spin-outs to our name, UQ’s IMB has a strong record of economic development, impact and innovation through partnership.

We actively pursue equity and diversity in the workplace, and are proud participants in UQ’s efforts for accreditation in the Athena SWAN program.

The role

The successful candidate will conduct molecular, biochemical and cell culture experiments to facilitate projects involving single cell analysis platforms, particularly single-cell RNA sequencing. The successful candidate may also assist with generating and analysing transgenic, knockout and CRISPR cell models.

The person

Applicants should possess qualifications in molecular biology, preparation of single cell libraries for sequencing, cell culture, as well as development and implementation of novel experimental protocols releated to single cell analysis. You should also have strong general research skills, experience in experimental trouble shooting and problem solving, familiarity and experience in relevant methodological practices, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very good writing and communication 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.  

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 at HEW Level 6. The remuneration package will be in the range $74,207.07 - $79,964.50 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $86,822.27 - $93,558.46 p.a.).

Position Description

Position Description 2018_GIH Single Cell.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Nathan Palpant on +61 0439241069 or

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.

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