First listed on: 28 July 2020

Research Manager

School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences 

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) combines the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Parasitology into a single academic unit. The School has modern research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and research infrastructure. The School includes over 50 academic staff, who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds. Information about the School and research interests of academic staff may be found on the web site

About This Opportunity

The project will involve the development of a large database for genomic selection applied to the Australian beef industry. We will work in partnership with beef producers, CSIRO Agriculture, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, as well as the Department of Primary Industries in NT (DPI) to bring together a world-class team, rich phenotypic and genotypic information to develop new methods for genomic selection.

The research, funded by Meat and Livestock Australia, aims at developing a breakthrough platform for data management, data storage and data sharing for research purposes in the field of livestock genetics. This is a world first for tropical beef cattle and a fantastic opportunity for the candidate to develop a leadership role, among project collaborators. The candidate will be responsible for data management and data integrity as well as supporting the research scientists with data analyses of genomic datasets. Many datasets are already available in the research platform, but more will be submitted as this is an ongoing effort to capture industry information. The phenotypes target in this genomics research are primarily female fertility traits, but male fertility data and data on beef production traits are also available. The opportunity for innovative data analyses in this project is very exciting!

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

The applicant should possess a postgraduate qualification with related experience in the area of Genetics, Genomics, Livestock Science, Cattle Genomics, Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics, Animal Breeding, or a related discipline. They should also have expertise in data curation, data management and project management. People with strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as organizational skills are encouraged to apply.

Please refer to the Position Description for additional duties and desired selection criteria. 

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

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 for one year at HEW level 8. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $98,298.92 - $110,376.42, plus superannuation contribution of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of flexible working arrangements, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, staff development programs and many other benefits.

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

Position Description

 PD 3063840 Research Manager.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Marina Fortes on  

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
  • Resume, including the names and contact email addresses of three referees
  • 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 UQJobs portal by the closing deadline for this position. Applications received via other channels including direct email are not be accepted.

Applications close: 6 August 2020, 11:00pm (AEST)

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