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Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow

Apply now Job No:513849
Area:Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

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/Research Fellow opportunity to join Neuropeptide Research Group led by A/Prof. Markus Muttenthaler the successful appointee will gain highly regarded exposure in; 

  • exploration of Nature's biodiversity to develop molecular probes and discover novel therapeutic leads with applications in pain, cancer, memory, autism and gastrointestinal disorders. In particular 
    • Design and synthesis of peptides, molecular probes and organic building blocks
    • Pharmacological and biophysical characterisation of molecular compounds
    • Structure-activity relationship studies of molecular probes and therapeutic leads
    • Bioassays to drive drug discovery and development efforts and target validation

This is a full-time position, however part time arrangement (20 hours or above per week) could be considered.

This position is primarily located at our picturesque St Lucia campus.

Our Ideal Candidate

A PhD in the discipline area of Synthetic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Pharmacology or Biochemistry, in addition to demonstrated high-level communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively collaborate and will demonstrate evidence of research productivity, is essential to the role.

Demonstrated ability to conduct meaningful research in the discipline areas:

    • peptide synthesis and characterisation
    • synthetic chemistry
    • structure-activity relationship studies
    • molecular biology and pharmacology

Experience in the research areas below is desirable:

    • venom peptide drug discovery
    • medicinal chemistry and peptide drug development
    • GPCR or ion channel pharmacology (IP-1, cAMP, FLIPR)
    • peptide structure determination by NMR
    • phage display

Please refer to the position description for the full selection criteria 

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

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

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to 12 months at Academic level A or B.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,449.07 - $94,637.91 per annum, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,753.80 - $110,726.35 per annum.

For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542.79 - $118,206.74 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $116,465.07 - $138,301.88 per annum.

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

Download File 513849_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Markus Muttenthaler .

For application queries, please contact 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 addressing key Selection Criteria
  • Resume

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


Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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