First listed on: 11 June 2024

Research Academic - Environmental Analytical Chemistry (Nanoplastics)

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. Not only do we have one of the largest PhD enrolments in Australia, but we have also made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

About This Opportunity

Supported by the Minderoo Foundation, an exciting opportunity exists for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Research Fellow to join the world-class research team at Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences Centre (QAEHS).

A key QAEHS objective aims to measure plastics in complex biological media. We are therefore searching for scientists who have completed (or are nearing completion) a PhD in environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, (eco)toxicology, or a related area, with experience in the research context. You will be able to demonstrate extensive experience in using different techniques to accurately identify particles in the nano-size range, possess a fundamental knowledge of how these techniques work and show a demonstrated aptitude to learning new technologies.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position through to 30 June 2027. This opportunity is being offered at Academic Level A or B commensurate with the successful candidate's skills and experience.

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A), you will have the opportunity to develop your expertise and emerging research profile in your discipline and contribute to various service and engagement roles and activities within the Centre. As a research focused academic at Level A, you will be supported and guided by more senior academic research staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time.

As a Research Fellow (Level B), you will engage in research to further your expertise and growing research profile to achieve national recognition in your discipline. As a research focused academic at Level B, you will be responsible for efficiently managing service and engagement roles and activities and fulfilling the necessary requirements to contribute to the effective supervision of Honour and Higher Degree by Research students.

For further information, please click here to view the information booklet. If you are unable to access this link, please email for a copy of the booklet.

What We Can Offer

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

At Level A, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $77,324 - $102,945 plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,470 - $120,445 annually.

At Level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $108,201 - $128,201 plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $126,595 - $149,996 annually.

As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

Visa sponsorship and relocation support may be available for these appointments subject to individual candidate eligibility. You can find out more about life in Australia's Sunshine State here.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Kevin Thomas, Centre Director, at

For application queries, or to request the appointment booklet or full position description of this role, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

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

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing the relevant 'About You' section (found within the information booklet above)

Applicants should specifically address in your cover letter which academic level you are applying for (Level A or B).

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, 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.

Applications close Monday 8 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference number: R-39660).


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