Postdoctoral Research Fellow

08 May 2019 2:40 PM | Paige Willemse

The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling. With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies.

AIBN is committed to supporting the career growth of female researchers and have a number of initiatives to support females in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our AIBN Women in Science web site at

About This Opportunity

The successful appointee will be involved in the optimization of a confocal rheometer setup for study of soft and biological materials. The aim will be to observe cell focal adhesion and cellular activity as a function of applied force, as well as visualise the processes in soft materials under external stress. Toward this aim a combined confocal-rheometer setup will be used, so that the microscope can acquire time-resolved, three-dimensional volumes and ultimately high-resolution images of a cell/extracellular matrix samples whose bulk visco-elastic properties will be tune and measured simultaneously.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Applicants should possess a PhD in the area of physics, chemistry, material science or related discipline with at least one year of postdoctoral experience in the field of confocal microscopy. You should have demonstrated expert knowledge in the area of super resolution microscopy; and demonstrated teaching and training skills at undergraduate and graduate levels. Your evidence of contribution to research in materials science will be highly regarded.

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 at Research Academic level A. This is a twelve month appointment with a possibility of renewal subject to research funding and output. 

The base salary will be in the range $67,542 - $90,982, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, 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.


To discuss this role please contact Prof Alan Rowan or Dr Jan Lauko via e-mail

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, please apply by clicking here. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Applications close 5 June 2019 at 11.55PM AEST.

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