Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow (Multiple Positions)

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    The University of Queensland
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    negotiable / month
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Institute for Molecular Bioscience

IMB is a global leader in multidisciplinary life sciences research, bringing together 500 researchers from across the globe for disease discovery, application and sustainable futures.

Formed in 2000 as an initiative of The University of Queensland, State and Federal Governments and private philanthropy, IMB is one of the largest life sciences institutes in the Asia-Pacific region. It has capitalised on one of the greatest periods of discovery in history – the genetic and molecular basis of life and its diversity.

About This Opportunity

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow and/or Research Fellow is sought engage in research and grow their research profile within the Program in Complex Trait Genomics (PCTG). The Program in Complex Trait Genomics (website: htttp:// is a joint initiative between the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). The broad research focus is towards a better understanding of complex traits and disorders, including psychiatric and neurological disorders. A key research strength is the development of underpinning computational and statistical analysis methods.

Research in the Program covers four major themes: Statistical Genomics, Systems Genomics, Psychiatric Genomics and Motor Neuron Disease Genomics. Over the next 5 years the PCTG has a particular focus on:

  1. Multivariate whole genome estimation and prediction analysis of genomics data
    This project will require the development of statistical methods and computer algorithms to perform multivariate association analysis in large samples, to address questions of co-morbidity and pleiotropy. It requires skills in the manipulation and analysis of large datasets, and ability to write computer code. It also requires a solid understanding of statistical methods.
  1. Quantification of the genetic architecture of common disease from whole-genome-sequence (WGS) data
    The contribution of rare variants to common disease and quantitative traits is not well understood. In this project, WGS data will be used for computer simulation and real data analyses to address questions about the genetics and evolution of complex traits. The project will require skills in the manipulation and analysis of large datasets and in computer simulations.
  1. Biobank science
    Around the world there are an increasing number of biobanks with data that are available to researchers. These biobanks contain data on multiple phenotypes, including electronic health records, as well as whole-genome genetic data. Biobanks facilitate questions to be addressed about the nature and nurture of complex traits, the genetic architecture of disease and comorbidity, genetic epidemiology and the genetics of traits across multiple ancestries. Skills required of these projects include the ability to develop new ideas and skills in ‘big data’ analysis.

These positions are primarily located at our picturesque St Lucia campus but flexible off-campus working arrangements (based within Australia) can be negotiated.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will be highly motivated to contribute their expertise to the PCTG research program. A PhD in statistical genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, computer programming, statistics, econometrics or other relevant areas in addition to knowledge or expertise in the principles of genetics and genomics, and linear model methodology, is essential to the role. A strong background in statistics and a proven ability to code efficiently in low-level programming languages (eg., C/C++) will be highly advantageous.

As part of the PCTG our ideal candidate will possess demonstrated high-level communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively collaborate and will demonstrate evidence of research productivity.

Knowledge or expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Quantitative genetics models and theories
  • The development and application of multi-marker methods
  • The analysis of large-scale SNP array and whole genome sequencing data
  • Analysis of large-scale genetic data
  • Integrative analysis of omics data

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

What We Can Offer

There are multiple full-time, fixed term positions available for up to two years, at Academic level A or B.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,342.89 – $92,782.26, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $81,131.18 – $108,555.25.

For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $97,590.98 – $115,888.95 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $114,181.44 – $135,590.08.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

511267_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Naomi Wray at [email protected] or Professor Peter Visscher at [email protected]

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

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.