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Apply now Job No:512611
Area:Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level B1 ($99,542.80 - $118,206.73)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

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.

About This Opportunity

This position will join Dr Melanie White's Group which focuses on applying quantitative live imaging approaches to understand the mechanobiology of tissue morphogenesis and cell fate. The researcher will use their expertise in advanced microscopy approaches to conduct and direct research into how mechanical forces direct tissue formation and the acquisition of neural cell fates. They will also aide in further establishing the Group and ensure complex in vivo experiments are designed, conducted and analysed correctly to yield maximum impact of findings. The researcher will train students in technically challenging image acquisition and analysis of live embryos as well as theoretical concepts underpinning the work.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop a coherent research program by conducting research in mechanobiology of development and publishing scholarly papers in academic peer-reviewed journals.
  • Drive the application of quantitative live imaging techniques in live avian embryos and human stem cell models.
  • Take on a leadership role in independent and/or team research programs and achieve national recognition and impact in the research area.
  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding support.
  • Work with colleagues and postgraduates in the development of interdisciplinary joint research projects.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus.

Why join the team

This is an opportunity to join the newly established Dynamics of Morphogenesis lab at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). You will have access to a fantastic range of infrastructure including one of the largest and most comprehensively equipped imaging facilities in Australia. As the most senior postdoc you will have ample opportunities to drive research projects and be mentored through the preparation of grant and fellowship applications to support your future career. The lab values an open, supportive and collaborative environment in which to pursue your scientific excellence. To take full advantage of this opportunity you will need to be passionate about science, driven to succeed and ready to use your initiative.

Our Ideal Candidate

A PhD, in addition to expertise in quantitative live imaging techniques including FCS, FRAP, FDAP and FRET, image analysis including PIV and use of Imaris, Fiji and Ilastik/Icy, biophysics, embryology and mechanobiology, is essential to the role.

Evidence of a contribution to research, including successful grant applications will be highly advantageous. 

Our ideal candidate will be self-driven and upstanding and possess demonstrated high-level teaching, communication, organisational and interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively collaborate across disciplines.

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 fixed term, full time position for two (2) years at Academic level B.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542.80 - $118,206.73 per annum plus 17% super. 

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, 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

 512611_Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Mel White.

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

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

  • Cover letter (2 pages) addressing Selection criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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