Research Fellow – Plant Protein/Food Extrusion – Australia visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package

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­Food and Beverage Accelerator Program: Based in the School of Chemical Engineering

Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50

Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues

Culture committed to excellence and innovation

Based at our St Lucia campus

About UQ

Join UQ, a globally renowned institution fostering a vibrant academic community. Collaborate with brilliant minds from around the world in an interdisciplinary environment. Backed by world-class facilities, ample research funding, grant writing support, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative, UQ empowers research excellence. With a large PhD enrolment and commitment to accessibility, be part of a prestigious institution that empowers academics to thrive and make a lasting impact.

About the Food and Beverage Accelerator

The University of Queensland’s Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) is a $160 million initiative aimed at boosting growth and innovation in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, with a goal of doubling the value of Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing sector by 2030. The initiative is funded by a $50 million Trailblazer grant from the Australian Government and $110 million from industry and innovation partners, including QUT and UniSQ, and will provide manufacturers access to research teams, pilot facilities, and state-of-the-art equipment. Investment will be distributed across Queensland, including in Toowoomba, Mackay, Cairns, and Brisbane.

About This Opportunity

A newly-created opportunity exists to develop your expertise and emerging research profile and build a new research capability in food extrusion as part of the Premium Foods and Beverage program within the prestigious Australia’s Food and Beverage Accelerator.

You will be involved in developing state-of-the-art experimental capabilities in food structure design and food extrusion, and working with industry to optimise process technologies for converting plant and other protein sources into human foods. UQ has two brand new food extruders (lab scale and pilot scale devices). You will be expected to develop research program and work collaboratively with researchers within the Trailblazer Food and Beverage Accelerator to perform both strategic and applied research and engage with industrial research partners to deliver impactful outcomes.

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

This is a full-time, fixed-term position until end of June 2026.

At Academic Level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $104,579 – $124,187, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $122,358 – $145,299 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, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You

Completion or near completion of a PhD in Chemical Engineering or Food Engineering, or related field of Science or Engineering with experience in extrusion processing area.

An emerging profile in research in the discipline area.

Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

Demonstrated capacity to engage with industry and deliver impactful outcomes.

Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities.

Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate scientific research.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

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’ll 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.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Peter Halley. For application queries, please contact in new window or tab stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

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


Cover letter

Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

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 15 June 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-25843).

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