Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Mechanobiology of Tissues) – Australia Visa Sponsorship – Ref: R-40311

  • St Lucia QLD
  • Posted 6 days ago
  • $77,324.85 – $102,945.12 + 17% Superannuation AUD / Year

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About This Opportunity 

This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the ARC Laureate Program led by Professor Alpha Yap. The program’s overall goal is to understand how mechanical communication between cells supports the homeostasis and integrity of epithelial tissues. The team uses an interdisciplinary approach, working with national and international collaborators to combine experimental cell biology, optical microscopy, biophysical assays and physical theory. The successful applicant will undertake competitive research to characterize how tissue mechanics and mechanical signalling respond to homeostatic stresses, such as apoptosis, in epithelial tissues.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Research: Establish a research program, collaborate on research projects, seek and manage research funding, publish in reputable journals, utilize best practice research methodologies, and participate in project discussions.
  • Supervision and Researcher Development: Supervise students, recruit and manage employees, provide performance feedback and training, resolve conflicts, and ensure correct remuneration and benefits.
  • Citizenship and Service: Develop partnerships, demonstrate leadership through mentoring, engage in internal service roles and committees, perform administrative functions, provide support to colleagues, and uphold university values.

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

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will 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.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

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 including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You 

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in the discipline area (cell biology or developmental biology).
  • Extensive experience in molecular approaches for cell biology, such as CRISPR genome editing, functional analysis of molecular mutants and quantitative cell biology.
  • Experience in live-cell optical microscopy.
  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding is desirable.
  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities is desirable.

The successful candidate may be required to complete a number of pre-employment checks, including right to work in Australia, education check, etc.

Work Rights: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

Relocating from interstate or overseas? We may support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.

Want to Apply?

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

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section

Other Information

UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who don’t meet all criteria are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their potential. The selection panel considers both potential and performance relative to opportunities when assessing suitability for the role.

We know one of our strengths as an institution lies in our diverse colleagues. We’re dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We’re committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out to for accessibility support or adjustments.

Applications close Tuesday 6th August 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-40311).

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