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  This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a national and internationally connected research program in quantitative genetics in horticultural crops. The position is funded through a collaboration with Washington State University on the USDA-SCRI project Enabling Genomics-Assisted Specialty Crop Breeding and Research through Advanced Database Resources.

The primary goal of this position is to drive the development of multi-environment genomic prediction models to connect historical data collected across a global space through collaboration with project crop scientists.

The focus crops will be almond, apple, blueberry and strawberry. The position also offers the opportunity for you to assist with the development of new projects in this space and in other related areas. The role also offers opportunities for co-supervision of higher degree students, and contribution to service and engagement roles to support the university and the profession.

Key responsibilities will include:  Research

  • Collaborate with international partners to identify appropriate data for developing multi-environment models
  • Develop methods for imputation to unify genotypic data produced by different methods across genotyping platforms
  • Develop multi-environment prediction models using aggregated data
  • Communicate research outputs through publication in high quality journals, presenting at conferences, and engaging with colleagues and industry.
  • Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile.
  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.

Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).
  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.
  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.
  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit

Other Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

  • The University’s Code of Conduct.
  • Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.
  • The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.
  • Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.

This is a research-focused academic position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance. This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 2 years, at Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $86,346.14 – $99,426.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%.

The total FTE package will be up to 101,024.98 – 116,329.11 annually.  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 and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You   Essential

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD relevant to the research area.
  • An emerging profile of research in quantitative genetics, linear models, genomics, bioinfomatics.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to identify challenges and develop innovative solutions
  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities


  • Demonstrated interest in obtaining external research funding.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: Visa sponsorship may be considered for this appointment; applications from international candidates will be considered but must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment and would be expected to seek and fund their own appropriate work visa in order to progress.

Questions?  For more information about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Craig Hardner – craig.hardner@uq.edu.au For application queries, please contact recruitment@uq.edu.au 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
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form. 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 our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au 

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 17 August 2023at 11.00pm AEST (R-27231). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for August.

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