Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Sciences
University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty of Medicine
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($70,729.75 - $94,637.91)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: Brisbane

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI) was established in 2007 and forms a major research centre within the Faculty of Medicine. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. Based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus in Brisbane, UQDI has more than 300 researchers, clinical academics and students who work closely with hospital clinicians in the areas of cancer, immunology, genomics and other areas of translational medicine.  UQDI has particular research strengths in skin cancer, cancer cell biology, cancer immunotherapy, vaccine development and nanotechnology, autoimmunity and the genetic basis of disease.

UQDI has a mission of translating discoveries into better treatments and has a strong record of achievement, most notably in the development of cancer therapies: research at UQDI by Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS led to the development of the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil. UQDI is the largest partner in the TRI, which is an extremely well-equipped translational biomedical research institute, with outstanding laboratories and core facilities for tissue imaging, microscopy, flow-cytometry, proteomics and in vivo models of disease. Its close affiliation with clinical units at Princess Alexandra Hospital provides UQDI with a significant strategic advantage in near-patient, translational research. 

About This Opportunity

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow/s will be engaged in Dr Snehlata Kumari’s Research Group and undertake internationally competitive research in the areas of inflammation and immunity with the aims of understanding the immunomodulatory signalling mechanisms in inflammatory skin diseases and cancer. The role will involve driving forward research projects in understanding molecular mechanisms and their potential translation, and supervision of students.

General duties and responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting internationally competitive research in the areas of skin inflammation and cancer with the aims of understanding the molecular mechanisms in regulating inflammation.
  • Beginning to develop external links by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

This position is primarily located at our Translational Research Institute (TRI) in the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus (Woolloongabba).

Our Ideal Candidate

Alongside the completion of a PhD in the area of Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Immunology, or related disciplines, we are seeking candidates with the following skills and experience: 

  • An emerging profile in the area of Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Signalling, Skin Inflammation and Skin Cancer
  • Expert knowledge and experience in innate and adaptive immunology, FlowCytometry, Molecular Biology techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9, Westernblot, Bioinformatics, in vivo animal models and in vitro immune assays'.
  • 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.

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please see the attached Position Description.

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

It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

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

We currently have a full-time, 12-month fixed term position at Research Academic level A, with a possibility of extension.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $85,300 - $94,637, plus super of up to 17% (the total FTE package will be in the range $99,801 - $110,726).

You will be able to take advantage of salary sacrificing options, 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 515164_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Snehlata Kumari, Senior Research Fellow via email:

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 NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria (in the attached PD)
  • Resume

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

Advertised: 16 Jul 2021

Applications close: 08 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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