Postdoctoral Researcher – Cell and Membrane Biology

The University of Queensland

  • ­Institute for Molecular Bioscience

  • Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50

  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues

  • Genuine career progression opportunities via our academic promotions process  

  • Based at St Lucia location

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative .

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. Not only do we have one of the largest PhD enrolments in Australia, but we have also made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

About This Opportunity  

This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile at the interface of cell and membrane biology and infection biology. This project is funded for 3 years through a Human Frontiers Science Program and aims at investigating the fundamental differences between insect cell membrane properties and mammalian membranes using models of viral infection. The successful candidate will work closely with international collaborators based in Germany (University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover) and the USA (Harvard Medical School). At this level it is expected that the incumbent will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities.  

 Key responsibilities include:  

1. Research

  • Use experimental in vitro cell models to examine the membrane shaping protein complement that govern membrane deformability properties in insect cells compared to mammalian cells.

  • Develop and conduct microscopy-based approaches to study insect membrane properties.

  • Utilise advanced microscopy and alphavirus models to dissect and compare the membrane shaping factors responsible for viral entry, replication, and egress in insect cells to mammalian orthologs. 

  • Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in high quality outlets.

  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.

  • Work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.

  • Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.

  • Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

2. Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.

  • Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.

  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

3. Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit

  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.

  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.

  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.

  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

4. Other

Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

  • The University’s Code of Conduct .

  • Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.

  • The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures .

  • Requirements of the Education Services  for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.

About The Ariotti Group, Institute for Molecular Bioscience

The Ariotti group is a newly established laboratory at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. The group is interested in using advanced microscopy-based methods to understand the structure, function and organisation of proteins and lipids in the cell.  The group has developed new methods in cryogenic correlative light and electron microscopy to study the trafficking of Type I receptor tyrosine kinases in situ at molecular resolution. The lab is also interested in understanding the role of membrane composition in the function of enzymes involved in the development of cardiovascular diseases. Website:

This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance .

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position up to October 2024. Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308.68 – $99,426.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $86,941.16 – $116,329.11 annually.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You  

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in the discipline area.

  • Extensive experience in mammalian or insect cell culture.

  • Relevant experience in molecular biology.

  • Some experience with advanced microscopy methods including either confocal microscopy, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy or cryo-electron microscopy.

  • Interest in membrane biophysics.

  • An emerging profile in research in cell and membrane biology.

  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding.

  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Nicholas Ariotti; [email protected] .

For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion .  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]  

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close Tuesday 1 August 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-27443).

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