Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Crop Quantitative Genetics

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  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
  • Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50
  • Academic Level A or B appointment opportunity, depending on experience
  • Key role on new research project, with exciting career development opportunities
  • Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia Campus

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.

About This Opportunity 

This is an exciting opportunity to join UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation to contribute to the development of innovative approaches to exploit genetic variation and accelerate the improvement of legume grain crops for Australia, such as chickpea, faba bean and lentil. In this position, you will develop and apply innovative breeding approaches and contribute to UQ’s leading AI-guided breeding pipeline, to rapidly stack high-value haplotypes for a range of traits into elite germplasm. This will require the integration of several technologies, such as genomics, machine learning, genetic simulation and speed breeding. This is a unique opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Research Fellow to learn from leaders in the field and to further develop their expertise and research profile.

Key responsibilities will include:


  • Level A: Quantitative genetics and genomics, your role involves producing high-quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms. This includes publishing or exhibiting in reputable outlets. Additionally, you will actively participate in applications for competitive research funding, collaborate with industry and academic partners, and contribute to knowledge transfer through translation and commercialisation of intellectual property.
  • Level B: additional to the above you will also develop an independent or team research program that achieves national recognition and impact. You will contribute to the field by producing high-quality research outputs, including publications in national research journals and other refereed outlets. You will actively participate in applications for competitive research funding, collaborate on joint research projects, and work towards transferring knowledge and technology to research end users. Drawing upon best practice research methodologies will be essential in your role.

Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Level A: you will contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students working on crop breeding or genetics projects. This involves demonstrating personal effectiveness in supervision, managing researcher capability and skill, and providing feedback and coaching. Additionally, you will oversee research support staff throughout the employee lifecycle, ensuring adherence to University policies and procedures. Promptly addressing conflicts and grievances is also essential.
  • Level B: additional to the above, your role involves personal effectiveness in supervision, management, and researcher skill development. You will facilitate engagement opportunities for Higher Degree by Research supervisees, provide feedback, coaching, and professional development to your team, and manage research support staff in accordance with University policies. Promptly addressing conflicts and grievances is also part of your responsibilities.

Citizenship and Service

  • Level A: you are expected to demonstrate citizenship behaviours aligned with UQ values. This includes actively participating in priority activities for the unit, providing support to colleagues during their absences, and contributing to internal service roles and administrative processes. You will also collaborate externally by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies, and the wider community.
  • Level B: at this level it is also expected that you show leadership by mentoring others, collaborating actively, and participating in priority activities for the unit. Additionally, efficiently manage internal service roles. Beyond the immediate organization unit, actively cultivate relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies, and the wider community to foster external links and partnerships.


Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

This is a research focused 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 3 years at Academic level A or B. The full-time equivalent base salary at the different levels will be in the range of:

Level A: $77,324.85 – $102,945.12, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,470.08 – $120,445.79 annually.

Level B: $108,201.26 – $128,201.75, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $126,595.47 – $149,996.05 annually.

As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

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  

Level A

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in a relevant field e.g. Quantitative Genetics, Crop Genomics, Plant Breeding.
  • An emerging profile in research in the field of quantitative genetics or plant breeding.
  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding.
  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities.

Additional for Level B

  • A growing profile in research in the field of quantitative genetics or plant breeding.
  • A developing reputation and track record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
  • Evidence of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.
  • Evidence of a high level of quality teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level across a variety of settings, including small and large groups.
  • A growing record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.
  • Experience in meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Sponsorship:Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.
  • 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 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
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Applications close 4 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-39387). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for mid-July.

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