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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Uni Queesnland - Brisbane

The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics - The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) seeks exceptional candidates to fill multiple postdoctoral positions on recently funded projects at the forefront of sequence-based analysis of environmental and clinical microbiomes. ACE is a dynamic and exciting research environment that brings together leading researchers in molecular microbial ecology and bioinformatics. The Centre at the University of Queensland features modern laboratories with in-house sequencing capacity and high performance computing.

The role

ACE has immediate openings for Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics to work with Professor Philip Hugenholtz and/or Associate Professor Gene Tyson. In the roles, you will be required to perform research on culture-independent characterization of microbial communities associated with environmental or clinical ecosystems using high-throughput sequencing. Please see details of the projects below:

Dissecting marine processes at the microscale This is a Moore Foundation funded project with colleagues from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Technology Sydney focused on elucidating microscale interactions between bacteria and phytoplankton using microfluidic devices deployed in situ combined with high throughput metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.

Understanding the response of microbial communities to permafrost thaw This US Department of Energy funded project is focused on understanding microbial community and metabolic dynamics in thawing permafrost. The primary goals will be the analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data and bioinformatic tool development (interfacing with KBase;

Genomic and evolutionary diversity of anaerobic methane oxidation In collaboration with researchers at CalTech, this US Department of Energy funded project is focused on understanding the structural and genetic differences between microbial consortia capable of anaerobic methane oxidation using different electron acceptors.

Search for microbial triggers of skin cancerThis project will use RNAseq to longitudinally monitor the conversion of actinic keratosis lesions into skin squamous cell carcinomas in order to identify potential microbial triggers.

Clinical ecology of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) modelIn collaboration with researchers at the University of Newcastle (NSW), this project aims to monitor and modify gut microbiomes to induce or ameliorate experimental COPD.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD specialising in one or more of the following areas: bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, genomics, phylogenetics, or molecular microbial ecology. Applicants should also have experience with the application, analysis and interpretation of high-throughput sequencing data including metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data; knowledge of microbial ecology, metabolism and/or evolution; and ability to demonstrate competence in these areas by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentations. Please refer to the position description at the bottom of the page for more detail.


This is a full-time, fixed term 1 year appointment with the possibility of extension at Academic Research Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $74,254 - $79,708 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $86,877 - $93,258 p.a.).


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