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Research Officer/Senior Research Officer, University of Queensland - Brisbane

The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a leading global research institute. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ's flagship research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia.

Every day, 500 scientists, support staff and postgraduate students from more than 40 countries are working to improve quality of life for all. IMB's multidisciplinary research programs focus on advancing personalised medicine, drug discovery and biotechnology. By investigating the basis of growth and development at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ level, our researchers aim to better understand the development processes and pathways involved in human and animal health and disease. They also work to translate these findings into diagnostics, technologies and therapeutics to more effectively prevent, detect and treat disease, and deliver a sustainable future for Australia through initiatives such as clean energy and new agricultural compounds.

IMB is equipped with state-of-the-art research infrastructure including mouse and zebrafish facilities, advanced imaging, microarray platforms, next-generation sequencing, advanced bioinformatics and proteomics, supporting all aspects of contemporary molecular genetics and cell biology research.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's website at:

This position is funded by an award from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Components of the research project will be carried out by collaborators at the University of Queensland's Centre for Clinical Research, and at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

The role

The person appointed to this position will be responsible for the knowledge-based modelling of the sets of molecular interactions that comprise the invasion-metastasis cascade in human. They will take the lead in conducting computational and bioinformatic research toward the aims of the project; be proactive in coordinating between the computational and experimental components; manage the public data for the project; and prepare high-quality manuscripts for peer review and publication. There are likely to be opportunities for supervision or co-supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students, research trainees and other personnel in the project.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in molecular or genomic biology, cancer biology, genetics, computational biology, bioinformatics or a related discipline, with significant data-management, computational and statistical components. They should have at least three years' full-time experience (during the PhD and/or otherwise), or its equivalent, in a relevant area of research. Experience and skill in scientific programming and/or scripting is essential. A fundamental knowledge of statistics is essential, and experience with the R package or similar is highly desirable. A demonstrated high-level ability to write scientific papers in clear, grammatically correct English is also essential.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years at Academic Research Level A or B.

For Level A, the remuneration package will be in the range $58763 to $79708 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $68753- $93258 p.a.).

For Level B, the remuneration package will be in the range $83,904 to $99,635 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $98,167 - $116,754 p.a.).

Position Description



Applications Due: 16 February 2014


To discuss this role please contact Professor Mark Ragan on +61 7 334 62616 or

For information on completing the application process click here.

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