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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Internal Applicants Only)

The University of Queensland - Gatton, QLD

Biotech, R&D, Science
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School of Agriculture and Food Sciences (SAFS)

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is part of the Faculty of Science and is located at UQ's St Lucia and Gatton campuses. It is one of the largest schools of its type in Australia, comprising research and teaching experts in agribusiness and rural development; animal, equine and wildlife science; plant and soil sciences; and food science and technology. The School contributes to UQ's high standing as one of the world's top 20 universities for agricultural sciences and Australia's leading agriculture institution.

The School is a dynamic multidisciplinary hub, maintaining strong partnerships with industry, government and community, and integrating fundamental and applied research to find innovative and technology-focused solutions to global challenges. It teaches into a high number of undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher degree by research degree programs that encompass agriculture and related disciplines.

Staff and students have access to UQ's world-class facilities, including the Food Science Innovation Precinct, which comprises laboratories for food grading and chemical and microbiological analysis, as well as the Queensland Animal Science Precinct and equine and poultry research units.

The School's diverse research expertise covers:

  • Agribusiness and rural development: researchers investigate issues and emerging opportunities in industry and market development, agricultural development and food security, natural resource management, and rural community development. Focus areas include agribusiness, agricultural economics, resource economics, community development and systems analysis;
  • Animal, equine and wildlife science: working with production animals (livestock and poultry), horses and wildlife, experts seek to address major contemporary issues such as sustainability, animal welfare, biodiversity, climate change and food/feed security;
  • Food science and technology: colleagues aim to improve the taste, quality, appearance, nutritional value and safety of food, and ultimately to help enhance global health outcomes and economic benefits. They are affiliated with the UQ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation's Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and focus on food materials science and engineering, food microbiology, genomics, food sensory science, food chemistry and physical properties, and nutrition;
  • Plant and soil sciences: aiming to develop cross-disciplinary solutions to the challenge of increasing food production while improving environmental outcomes, research activities span fundamental science that underpins innovation through to pragmatic field-based research that directly informs end-users and policy-makers.
For more information, visit the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences website: .

About This Opportunity

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline. At this level the incumbent will be supported and guided by more senior academic staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time. This position will undertake field and data-based research in the GRDC-UQ INVITA externally-funded project.

This position is located at The University of Queensland's picturesque . Gatton Campus, UQ combines its Queensland Agricultural College heritage with modern research and teaching facilities in agriculture, agribusiness and veterinary science. Just over an hour's drive west of Brisbane and five kilometres from the local township, the 1068-hectare Gatton campus offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and world-class facilities including the Queensland Animal Science Precinct, the UQ Veterinary Medical Centre, Gatton Research Dairy, nursery and glasshouse facilities, the southern hemisphere's largest PV solar array research facility, and a pesticide wind tunnel facility. The campus also operates several commercial plant and animal production units in rural technologies to support teaching, research and hands-on training.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are searching for a research scientist, (either postdoctoral or near PhD completion) in the area of remote sensing and/or proximal sensing (UAVs or similar) or a related field. You will also have knowledge of or experienced in the field of common statistical programming languages (R, Python, Matlab etc), along with a track record of publication in peer reviewed journals. Demonstrated high-level skills in communication and effective stakeholder management will be highly advantageous.

This opportunity is only available to current casual, fixed term or continuing employees at The University of Queensland as well as any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our 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 at Academic level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,729 - $94,637, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of , recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, free parking, discounted veterinary access, and many other benefits.

For further information, please review .

Position Description

Our Selection Process

Please note that panel interviews have been scheduled for the week commencing 19 April 2021 at The University of Queensland's Gatton campus.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Scott Chapman on

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
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria
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.


Advertised: 01 Apr 2021
Applications close: 12 Apr 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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