Research Fellow, Gene Editing

Research Fellow, Gene Editing

The University Of Queensland | saint lucia, QLD, AU

Posted 7 days ago

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  • QAAFI - Centre for Horticultural Science

  • Academic Level B

  • Only open to female and gender diverse identified applicants (Identified position s105)

  • Fixed term position for up to 3 years

  • Closing date Monday 9 January 2023 at 11.00pm AEST

  • UQ reference R-16871

About This Opportunity 

The filling of this position is intended to constitute an equal opportunity measure under Section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991(Qld). The position is therefore only open to women, gender diverse applicants and those who identify as women.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile as a Research-focused Academic in the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at UQ.

The Research Fellow will be responsible for leading a new Gene Editing Research Program for Horticultural species in The Centre for Horticultural Science at QAAFI.  At this level it is expected that in incumbent will efficiently manage service and engagement roles and activities. As research focused academic at level B the incumbent will be expected to fulfil the necessary requirements to contribute to the effective supervision of Honour and Higher Degree by Research students.

This role is subject to The University’s Code of Conduct.  

This position is only accepting applications from female and gender diverse candidates to improve gender equity in STEM disciplines at UQ.

The Centre is committed to supporting the career growth of women academics and supports women to develop and achieve in developing and achieving a fulfilling career at UQ through a range of School targeted measures and supporting in broader UQ initiatives (see more in the attached booklet).

About You  

The filling of this position is intended to constitute an equal opportunity measure under Section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991(Qld). The position is therefore only open to women, gender diverse applicants and those who identify as women.

  • You will hold a PhD Completion of a PhD in the plant molecular biology or plant biotechnology

  • A growing profile in research in plant biotechnology and plant genome editing. Experience in tissue culture/gene editing in horticultural crops will be advantageous.

  • 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.

  • A growing record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students.

  • Experience in meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities. 

Applicants who identity as women, non-binary, or are gender-diverse.

Further information about the position, discipline area and selection criteria can be found within the booklet below. 

Position Booklet

Please click on link for more information: Research Fellow, Gene Editing Recruitment Booklet .

What We Can Offer 

We are offering a full-time, fixed term position for up to 3 years at Academic Level B.

The full-time equivalent base salary at Academic Level B will be in the range $101,533 - $120,570 plus superannuation of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $118,794 - $141,067 per annum. 

For further information about UQ’s benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021. 


To discuss this role please contact Professor Neena Mitter, Director Centre for Horticulture Science .

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

Want to Apply? 

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

  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria found in the attached booklet

  • Resume 

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box during the application form.

To satisfy prerequisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Late applications may not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates may be interviewed prior to the job closing date. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. The University of Queensland reserves the right to close this application process early.


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. 

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 

If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, 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.