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Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Biotech, R&D, Science
Source: uWorkin


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: agriculture.uq.edu.au.

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, (QAAFI)

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) which was established in 2010 and comprises of four research centres – the Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Horticultural Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.

QAAFI’s team of 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff undertake high impact science for agriculture and food industries. The institute’s strong partnership with the Queensland Government provides our researchers with a direct link to the agriculture industry in Queensland, and world class field research facilities throughout Queensland. Agriculture is one of UQ’s highest ranked research fields nationally and internationally and QAAFI is a global leader in agricultural research in subtropical and tropical production systems.

QAAFI scientists are driven to make a difference to the agriculture and food industries and have over 150 collaborators worldwide.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at http://www.qaafi.uq.edu.au


The Australia Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection will take on the global challenge of transforming crop protection technology by delivering non-GM, non- toxic RNAi based fungicides for specific fungal diseases of crops.

The Hub aims to develop and commercialise an innovative biological alternative to chemical fungicides targeting economically significant diseases of broadacre and horticultural crops. It addresses industry challenges of fungicide resistance, chemical residues in food, off-target effects and environmental harm. An expert multidisciplinary team uniting science, commercial and social licence pathways ensures industry and consumer uptake advancing $60B Australian Agriculture. The Hub translates to increased productivity, market access and enhanced environmental credentials of Australian food.

About This Opportunity

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will undertake industry funded research on a project focused on topical applications of RNA interference aimed at protecting crops from fungal diseases. This position will be joint between SAFS and QAAFI and will work in the ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Crop Protection.

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.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are searching for a research scientist, (either postdoctoral or near PhD completion) in the area of Plant Pathology, Plant Molecular Biology or a related field. You will also have knowledge of or experienced in the field of RNA interference, gene silencing, movement of molecules in the plant and in the area of molecular biology including PCR, cloning, restriction digests, expression and purification of RNA, proteins and their detection methods and analysis.

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 [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to 3 years at Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $85,300 to $94,637, plus super of up to 17%.

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

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

PD_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_513111.pdf

Our Selection Process

Please note that Panel Interviews have been scheduled for March 2021 at The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Elizabeth Aitken on [email protected]

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 (max four pages) addressing the selection criteria found in the position description document above
  • Resume