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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($64,533.50 - $87,535.13)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The Tuberculosis Research Laboratory was established at UQ (St Lucia campus) in 2012 and is now uniquely positioned in the country as having a sole focus on the microbial pathogensis of TB. The laboratory consists of dedicated PC2 and PC3 containment facilities, and has an established reputation for research excellence.

The role

The successful appointee will contribute to research under the supervision of group head, Dr Nick West, towards understanding the mechanisms of resistance observed towards leading experimental anti-TB compounds within the clinical pipeline. Strategies to both avoid and overcome resistance will be established. Work will include modern techniques of molecular microbiology, including construction of bacterial genetic knockouts and recombinant strains, drug susceptibility assessment, mammalian cell culture and infection. Work will be conducted within a PC2 and PC3 environments.  This role offers the opportunity to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to supervise honours, masters and doctoral students. The successful appointee will be supported in their career development and encouraged to apply for his/her own future research support if possible.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in Molecular Microbiology. Experience with Mycobacterium tuberculosis would be a strong advantage. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in infectious disease research, possess strong general research skills, a strong methodological background, excellent analytic skills, excellent writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams. Specialist training will be available.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University‚Äôs Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

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This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,533.50-$81,545.80 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,504.19 - $95,408.58 p.a.).

Position Description

Download File position-description-academic - SCMB N_West 2018.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Nick West on +61 (0)7 3365 4093 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover Letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.


Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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