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Various Research-Focused Appointments (UQ Wide)

Apply now Job No:513651
Area:Office of the Vice-Chancellor
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term, Part Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia, Herston, Gatton, Brisbane, Other

The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. For more than a century, we have been bringing together outstanding educators, researchers and innovators – across a range of disciplines – to inspire the next generation and to advance ideas that can benefit the world.

Today, UQ is ranked among the world’s leading universities and we are consistently recognised as one of the top 5 universities in Australia.

Each year, we teach around 55,000 students across 6 faculties, located at our 3 beautiful campuses at St Lucia, Herston and Gatton – as well as online. We aspire to broaden the knowledge and skills of these students, so that they’re equipped to achieve their professional goals and make a positive contribution to our society, and the world.

The University is also home to 8 research institutes and more than 100 separate research centres with an interdisciplinary community of more than 1500 researchers, who have come to UQ from all over the globe. This outstanding community of researchers is continuing to build upon UQ’s long and proud tradition of discovery science, invention, innovation, translation and commercialisation.

At UQ, we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. As such, we seek to recruit innovative people who are passionate about helping us to advance our mission and broaden our impact.

Our culture is built on the things that we value most highly – the pursuit of excellence; creative and independent thinking; honesty and accountability; mutual respect and diversity; and providing support for our people. Through the promotion of these values, we’re creating a culture that encourages our people to bring their very best, authentic self when they come to work at UQ.

About This Opportunity

UQ is recruiting a number of research-focused appointments to further Australia's research workforce, initiatives, and activities.

Across UQ, our research addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges. Through our five research impact themes, we connect people and capabilities from across the university to develop solutions to major global challenges. We are therefore ideally seeking applications from researchers who align with one of UQ's strategic research priorities:

  • Building Better Bioeconomics
  • Achieving Resilient Environments and Livelihoods
  • Designing Technology for Tomorrow
  • Transforming Societies
  • Leading Healthy Lives

Please click here for more information on the above.

These appointments can be made within any of UQ's organisational units and can be based at any of UQ's campuses or sites.

For further information, please see the position descriptions below.

Conditions of Appointment

  • All applicants must nominate a UQ research academic who will act as your supervisor and sponsor for the purposes of this appointment. The supervisor (sponsor) will already hold a position with UQ and for the duration of this appointment. 
  • All applicants must currently reside within Australia at the time of application.
  • You must currently hold unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for these appointments.
  • If successful, you must be able to commence in the appointment by 1 January 2022.
  • Up to 20% of the appointment may be allocated to other duties (such as teaching, industry engagement, etc.)

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

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates.

What We Can Offer

These appointments are research-focused and will be fixed-term for two years, with the possibility of extension subject to funding being available. Part-time arrangements may be supported. Appointments will be made at Academic Research Level A, B or C, commensurate with experience. Further information regarding remuneration can be found here.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, discounted private health insurance, development programs, as well as location-specific benefits (such as on-campus childcare and cheap parking).

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Descriptions


To discuss this role, please contact your nominated UQ Supervisor. 

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

This application process is for candidates external to UQ and UQ casual staff only. Current fixed-term and continuing staff at UQ are ineligible to apply under this scheme.

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following three documents:

  • Up to date resume / curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter addressing career objectives and your match to UQ's strategic research priorities (max. one page)
  • Sponsor Letter from your nominated UQ supervisor

As part of the application form, all applicants will also be required to nominate which UQ organisational unit they would like to be associated with. Please note that this must be the Faculty / Institute of your UQ sponsor. 

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. No late applications will be accepted.


Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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