FaBA Future Academic Leader in Fermentation – Australia Visa sponsorship

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Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) • Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50 • Exciting new opportunity to collaborate on UQ’s FaBA initiative • Work with leading research partners in state-of-the-art facilities • Based at St Lucia Campus

About This Opportunity This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. We are seeking a driven, creative, and inventive future Leader to join our team of innovative ingredients to establish the field of fermentation. We are looking for someone with a passion for discovery and breakthrough thinking. You will be responsible for championing systems and synthetic Biology for the field of precision fermentation, development through strain engineering to scale-up bioprocesses, that ultimately drive the field in Australia. We’re not just looking for a savvy scientist with a passion for synthetic biology for food, we’re seeking a candidate with diverse backgrounds who wants to orchestrate the creative process of innovative ingredients in a way that drives research at UQ and enhances the field in Australia. You will work with partners of the Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) including researchers and industry. At this level, it is expected that the incumbent will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities at FaBA and at AIBN.

Key responsibilities will include:

  1. Research Make a strong and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities. Undertake high-quality research of national and international standing in the field of Systems and Synthetic Biology and fermentation.
    Secure external competitive and other funding publish research findings and successfully supervise the research of higher degree students to completion. Undertake scholarly undergraduate and postgraduate coursework teaching of an exemplary quality. This may include online and face-to-face learning, coordination of units and develop distinctive strategically aligned course and unit content. Provide academic leadership, particularly in fostering outstanding research across the Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community. Work with the other FaBA programs 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 in synthetic Biology and fermentation. Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.
  2. Supervision and Researcher Development Contribute to the effective supervision of Higher degrees by Research students (as appropriate). Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development. Effective leadership 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. This is a research focused academic position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 4 years. At Academic level C, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $128,109.64 – $147,717.97, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $149,888.28 – $172,830.02 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, flexible working arrangements, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You
PhD in Bioengineering, (Bio)Chemical Engineering, Metabolic Engineering, Systems and Synthetic Biology or Food Science. National recognition, with a developing international profile, in research in the field of metabolic engineering, Systems and Synthetic Biology and experience in bioprocess, evidence for which can include: an established record of publications in reputed refereed journal and conference presentations; a contribution to the transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users, and the development of partnerships with research end users or external collaborators. Evidence of contributing to and often leading successful applications for external research funding. An established record of effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students to successful completion, evidence for which can include: supervisory role contributing to successful completion of Honours or RHD students; developing supervisee capabilities and skills, leading others in the responsible conduct of research, and facilitating engagement opportunities for supervisees. Demonstrated achievement and initiative in internal service roles in conjunction with an established record in external activities.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply: •Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be 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. Relocating from interstate or overseas? We may be able to support you with the visa sponsorship process and/or a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.

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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 Saturday 10 June 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-25819). Please note that seminars for shortlisted candidates may be scheduled for June 2023 and interviews for July 2023.

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