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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biomedical/Bioelectronics

Apply now Job No:511059
Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Level A ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is part of the Faculty of Science and is located at UQ’s St Lucia and Gatton campuses. It is one of the largest schools of its type in Australia, comprising research and teaching experts in agribusiness and rural development; animal, equine and wildlife science; plant and soil sciences; and food science and technology. The School contributes to UQ’s high standing as one of the world’s top 20 universities for agricultural sciences and Australia’s leading agriculture institution.

The School is a dynamic multidisciplinary hub, maintaining strong partnerships with industry, government and community, and integrating fundamental and applied research to find innovative and technology-focused solutions to global challenges. It teaches into a high number of undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher degree by research degree programs that encompass agriculture and related disciplines.

Staff and students have access to UQ's world-class facilities, including the Food Science Innovation Precinct, which comprises laboratories for food grading and chemical and microbiological analysis, as well as the Queensland Animal Science Precinct and equine and poultry research units.

The School’s diverse research expertise covers:

  • Agribusiness and rural development: researchers investigate issues and emerging opportunities in industry and market development, agricultural development and food security, natural resource management, and rural community development. Focus areas include agribusiness, agricultural economics, resource economics, community development and systems analysis;
  • Animal, equine and wildlife science: working with production animals (livestock and poultry), horses and wildlife, experts seek to address major contemporary issues such as sustainability, animal welfare, biodiversity, climate change and food/feed security;
  • Food science and technology: colleagues aim to improve the taste, quality, appearance, nutritional value and safety of food, and ultimately to help enhance global health outcomes and economic benefits. They are affiliated with the UQ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation’s Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and focus on food materials science and engineering, food microbiology, genomics, food sensory science, food chemistry and physical properties, and nutrition;
  • Plant and soil sciences: aiming to develop cross-disciplinary solutions to the challenge of increasing food production while improving environmental outcomes, research activities span fundamental science that underpins innovation through to pragmatic field-based research that directly informs end-users and policy-makers.

For more information, visit the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences website:

About This Opportunity            

This position will work on an NHMRC grant investigating breastmilk pasteurisation by nanosecond pulsed electric field. This project involves a multidisciplinary team of CIs from UQ’s School of Pharmacy and School of School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and a PhD student. Our project is aimed at exploring the use of novel nanosecond pulsed power technology to make a safe 'bioactive' donor breastmilk to improve care of vulnerable preterm infants in NICU. This study will lead to the development of suitable processing conditions that preserve the important biomolecules in donor-EBM while conforming to regulatory levels of bacterial reduction and elimination of milk pathogens. Under this project, the CIs are seeking a post-doctoral fellow who will be largely involved in investigating the fundamental changes that happen in the properties and structure of microbial cells and food matrices under the effect of pulsed electric field.

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.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer (Level B) position is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor position in the US.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are searching for a research scientist to undertake cell modelling, design and develop a dynamic PEF treatment system and pulse generator using appropriate modelling software, as well as assist in the co-ordination the research team, to ensure projects meet their objectives.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

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

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 2 years at Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,342- $92,782, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File PD_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_511059.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Nidhi Bansal, email;

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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