University of Queensland Jobs 2017 – Research Assistant, Australia

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University of Queensland Jobs 2017 – Research Assistant, Australia

University of Queensland (UQ) is a research university primarily located in Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane. As one of Australia’s leading universities, UQ is consistently ranked first for business administration, mining engineering and life sciences in Australasia. UQ also admits the majority of its state’s top achievers.

University of Queensland has a wonderful research environment, attracting top grades in the national assessment of research quality in all biological disciplines and economics.  The School of Biological Sciences is one of the largest Schools of this type in Australia with 50 full-time academic staff.  The School provides unique opportunities for study or research in plant and animal biology with research programs spanning ecology, molecular plant sciences, marine biology, entomology, and genetics & evolution.journalban

University of Queensland has invited applications for the recruitment of research assistant in the School of Biological Sciences.

Job Title: University of Queensland – Research Assistant

Job Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

Educational Qualification:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree with subsequent relevant experience; or extensive experience and specialist expertise or broad knowledge in technical or administrative fields; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and work independently and consistently while under sustained pressure to meet project deadlines  Strong demonstrated organisational skills and attention to detail·
  • Strong demonstrated experience at working in managing field including at remote field sites.
  • Management of large ecological datasets·
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data manipulation, statistical analyses and modelling within the R-programs  High level Geographic Information System skills·
  • Excellent written and oral skills·
  • Experience in setting up complex experiments·
  • Experience in providing highly specialised technical services·
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students and volunteers, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement·
  • Experience assisting honours and postgraduate students with their laboratory requirements.

Salary: $74,207.07 – $79,964.50p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $86,822.27 – $93,558.47pa.UGC new regulations, NGS, Genome sequencing

Job Responsibilities:

The successful appointee will work with a team of researchers to conduct vegetation survey, focussing on rare plant species. Fieldwork involves trips from between 7-20 days. Management of large datasets will also be part of this role. An outstanding candidate will have a record of scientific publications related to the ecology and management of natural systems. The demonstrated capacity to program in R, and high-level GIS skills are essential.

The Research Assistant will also be responsible for assisting staff and students with Travel Forms, Fieldwork Safety Plans and Risk Assessments and the organization of a system for tracking and maintenance of equipment.

How to Apply: 

To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Rod Fensham on 07 3896 9547 or email

Important Dates

Start Date: 10th October 2017

End Date: 24th October 2017

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