Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Bioscience
University of Queensland, Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) 

The University of Queensland’s IMB, located on the main University campus, is Australia’s leading biosciences research institute. Established in 2000, the Institute is home to over 420 staff and is located in thriving Brisbane, a city consistently ranked as one of the world’s most vibrant and liveable cities.

The Institute, ranked in the Top 20 globally for life sciences research, pursues a multidisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s most serious challenges in the fields of health, disease and sustainable solutions for our cities, fuels and foods. The Institute is housed in a single building and is organised into technological platforms (Divisions) and research themes (Centres). The Divisions support state-of-the art facilities including the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, which houses new cryo-electron microscopes; the NMR facility containing 500, 600 and 900 MHz machines; the Mass Spectrometry Facility accommodating a wide array of instrumentation; suites for work with a variety of model organisms; a plethora of next generation DNA sequencing technologies and the southern hemispheres leading program in complex genetic traits. The Research Centres accommodate 36 groups using a combination of genomics, chemistry and cell biology to take life science discoveries from the genome to drug design and application in the areas of antimicrobial resistance, inflammation, pain, cardiovascular disease and rare and developmental diseases.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed at:

About This Opportunity

The primary purpose of this role is to apply cutting edge molecular approaches to understand the underpinnings of cellular identity and age stage. The successful candidate will join the highly collaborative research team of Dr Christian Nefzger and will work closely with computational biologists. It will focus on dissecting the transcriptional and molecular pathways that control cell fate in the context of transcription factor based reprogramming, cellular ageing and differentiation.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful appointee will ideally hold a PhD or equivalent in cell biology, biochemistry (or a similar relevant field). This will be partnered with demonstrated research competence in advanced molecular techniques, in particular Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)/CHIPseq , as well as a broad basic skill set (qPCR, plasmid isolation, RNA isolation, DNA/RNA transfections, ect.). In addition, you will be able to demonstrate: the ability to work collaboratively with computational biologists to solve complex biological problems; the ability to present results to scientific audiences; experience in problem solving and methodological troubleshooting; the ability to embrace new experimental procedures; attention to detail in carrying out and documenting experimental work; and a high level of professional integrity.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $67,542 - $90,982) p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $79,024 - $106,448 p.a.).

Employees can take advantage of UQ’s Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, and many other benefits.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Here at UQ we value diversity and inclusion, and we actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information and points of contact if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

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