Postdoctoral Researcher – Microbiologist
Queensland University of Technology
- $74,291 to $100,806
- Fixed-term, full-time
- Translational Research Institute
Who are we looking for?
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher – Microbiologist to join School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Academic Division.
Microorganisms have a profound influence on biological, environmental, and industrial processes, but understanding the complex dynamics of microbial communities and how to manipulate them to our advantage remains a challenge. CMR Director Professor Gene Tyson has recently been awarded a prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship that aims to overcome current technological limitations and transform microbial ecology from a descriptive to a predictive science. This will be achieved using as a model the most intensively studied ecosystem on the planet: the human gut microbiome. The Fellowship program will deliver new tools for integrated meta-omic analysis, a biobank featuring thousands of novel microorganisms from the human gut, and machine learning models to predict how entire microbial communities will respond to changes in their environment.
The successful candidate will join this exciting project to lead the integrated multi-omics analyses of microbial communities. The role will also include studies in experimental gut micro-reactors to test how individual species and microbial communities as a whole respond to dietary and environmental changes. Together, this work will close important gaps in our knowledge of the diversity and function of the human gut microbiome.
Real world impact
QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus. We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world.
About the area
The Centre for Microbiome Research (CMR) was established in 2020. Professor Tyson and his team are actively involved in the development of innovative culture-independent molecular approaches and bioinformatic tools, and their application to answer important questions about microbial communities across a range of ecosystems. The team is made up of researchers with diverse expertise spanning microbial ecology, multi-omics, bioinformatics and synthetic biology, providing an intellectually robust and collaborative environment. The Centre is located within the Translational Research Institute (TRI), a unique multidisciplinary facility located at the Princess Alexandra hospital with a strong focus on translational research. This positions the team amongst top researchers and clinicians from diverse disciplines such as genomics, bioinformatics, immunology, oncology and gastroenterology, and provides the team with access to state-of-the-art core facilities. The Centre also has a dedicated PC2-certified laboratory fully equipped for molecular biology that includes an in-house white light laser confocal microscope (Leica), a PromethION (Oxford Nanopore Technologies) and access to a NovaSeq 6000 (Illumina). The Centre has a BD FACSAria Fusion fluorescence activated cell sorter with small particle detection and liquid handling robots for single cell genomic and culturing work, and maintains anaerobic culture and quarantine facilities. CMR houses its own high-performance computing resources consisting of >1,000 cores and 9 nodes. The operation of these facilities is supported by professional staff for microscopy, flow cytometry, sequencing and bioinformatics..
What you need to succeed
Life at QUT
We’re committed to building a culture that fosters connection between people and purpose. Beyond personal and professional fulfillment, a career at QUT offers:
- A healthy work-life balance with a blend of on-campus and off-campus work arrangements for applicable positions.
- Competitive remuneration with up to 17% superannuation.
- Generous maternity leave including primary carer parental leave of up to 26 weeks (including 17% super).
- Stay healthy with Fitness Passport and enjoy discounted rates on private health insurance.
- Leave loading of 17.5%.
- Purchased Leave Scheme – up to 8 extra weeks.
- Salary Packaging Scheme for additional superannuation contributions, vehicle leasing, and on-campus services such as childcare, parking, and gyms.
- Numerous opportunities for professional development including leadership programs and workshops, and our study assistance scheme.
- Commitment to our Indigenous Australian staff through initiatives such as the Indigenous Australian Staff Network, Cultural and Ceremonial Leave, Staff Development Workshops, and representation on university committees.
- We see diversity and inclusion as our strengths.
- Explore more benefits of life at QUT .
In support of our
Indigenous Australians Employment Strategy
, we aspire to an Indigenous Australian workforce participation of 3.6% and we encourage Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people to join us in pursuing a fulfilling career.
We believe in creating safe spaces for inclusivity to flourish and we know that diversity is our strength –
see our commitment
. If you’re curious, innovative, and ready to experience what a career at QUT can offer, we’re ready to meet you.
Reference number: 231026
Term: Fixed-term, full-time for three (3) years
Remuneration: AUD $87,917 to AUD $119,296 pa (LEVA) (inclusive of AUD $74,291 to AUD $100,806 salary pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading)
Location: Translational Research Institute
Job opens: 07-Nov-2023
Applications Close: 01-Jan-2024 at 11.30pm
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