Group Leader - Division of Chemistry and Structural Biology

Country: Australia;

City: Queensland

Vacancy added: 21.01.2019


Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

Resumes due: 08.03.2019


Institute for Molecular Bioscience

The Institute for Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland invites applications for up to four Group Leader positions within its Division of Chemistry and Structural Biology.

The Institute is one of Australia’s leading biosciences research institutes and is located in thriving Brisbane, ranked as one of the world’s most vibrant and liveable cities. It is home to more than 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff from more than 40 countries who work in partnership with their academic, industry and clinical colleagues around the world to advance knowledge in areas including pain, rare diseases, inflammation, superbug infection, cardiovascular disease, environmental research, drug discovery, cancer, diabetes, and reproductive health. The institute also has the capacity to translate new knowledge into drugs, diagnostics and technologies to prevent, detect and treat disease; and pursue opportunities in a range of biotechnology applications for health, industry and the environment.

The Institute recognises and values equity and diversity, and encourages applications from any individual who meets the requirements of this position irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other protected attributes.

The Institute strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.

The Institute is also committed to supporting the career growth of women researchers and have a number of initiatives to support women in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our IMB Women in Science website at

Specific initiatives at IMB can be found at (


The role

We are seeking outstanding scientists in the areas of Chemistry (bioorganic, medicinal, biological), Structural Biology (X-ray crystallography, NMR spectrometry or cryo-Electron Microscopy), and Pharmacology that will extend and complement our existing research strengths.


The person

The successful candidates will have a demonstrable record of strong research productivity, an ability to develop an internationally competitive research program, and the capability to secure fellowship and grant support. We seek Group Leaders who are team players and will contribute to our research community, embracing equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education, with a strong commitment to mentoring.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.



This is a full-time 5 year appointment, with the possibility of extension, available at Academic Level C, Level D, or Level E (equivalent to Assistant Professor to Full Professor). The level of appointment and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, a highly competitive start-up package will be available to provide our new Group Leaders with the best possible support during their establishment at IMB.

The remuneration package for level C will be $115,131 - $132,753 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $134,704 – 155,322 p.a.).

The remuneration package for level D will be $138,627-$152,726 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $162,194 - $178,689 p.a.).

The remuneration package for level E will be $178,571 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $208,929 p.a.).


How To Apply

Candidates are asked to provide a cover letter addressing the below 3 key selection criteria; a full CV; a 2 page statement of research vision; and the names of three referees.


Key Selection criteria

  1. A visionary research program in the applicable research science areas, as listed in this advertisement, that can be supported by grant and fellowship funding in competitive schemes;
  2. A growing national or international profile in the relevant research field; and
  3. A commitment to excellence in research, mentoring and working effectively with our diverse faculty, staff and student population across a wide range of disciplines both internally and externally



To discuss this role please contact the Head of Division Professor David Fairlie ( or the Deputy Director Research Professor Ian Henderson (

Applications close Friday, 8 March 2019.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on campus in the IMB at the University of Queensland from April onwards.

Where to send resume: