Research Fellow in Water Microbiology

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Who are we looking for?

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is seeking a Research Fellow in Water Microbiology to join School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Academic Division.

Seeking a motivated professional with strong desire for learning and growth to support our research activities in the areas of next generation sequencing and health related water microbiology. The ideal candidate will have PhD in doctoral qualification specialising in microbiology, bioinformatics or a closely related discipline with a strong background or interest in applying their skills to understanding the microbiology of water systems.

Real world impact

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus. We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world.

About the Faculty
The Faculty of Engineering aims to shape the world we live in by engineering sustainable, innovative and liveable environments. Our programs focus on teaching, research and building a better quality of life through advancements in robotics, manufacturing, Al, architecture, and construction. 

The Faculty adapts and innovates infrastructure to meet real world challenges such as overpopulation, natural disasters and climate change. We pursue high-level engagement with a range of sectors to deliver benefits across health, transport, aero­space, manufacturing, mining and agriculture.

Through long-standing collaborations with partners such as BMW, Boeing, Stryker, Shell and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Faculty remains at the forefront by facilitating learning that is delivered on campus, online and in the real world. Strong industry connections enable us to address complex challenges through research and innovation, as well as offer our students relevant and practical learning experiences.

Our Schools are established around disciplines that promote collaboration in teaching and research. These include the:
•    School of Architecture and Built Environment
•    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
•    School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics
•    School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering.

The Faculty is also home to outstanding researchers of international renown that collaborate with partners to improve systems in robotics, medical, mechanical, mining, food and beverages, oil and gas, energy, water and sugar. Our Research Centres include:
•    Centre for Biomedical Technologies 
•    QUT Centre for Robotics 
•    Centre for Transformative Biomimetics in Bioengineering
•    Australia-China Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

The Faculty is led by the Executive Dean and the Executive Management Team comprising the deputy dean, heads of schools, and other senior faculty staff.

About the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering 
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering brings together engineers who deliver teaching and research excellence in the sustainable design, planning, construction and operation of infrastructure and resource management to solve societal challenges and support more liveable communities. 

We design and improve infrastructure to address real-world challenges such as overpopulation, natural disasters and climate change, and shape the world we live in by engineering liveable and sustainable environments with safe, efficient and reliable infrastructure. 

Our teams are actively engaged in research and teaching in the areas of infrastructure, environmental engineering, and civil construction with key strengths including:
•    urban water management
•    climate change adaptation
•    disaster management
•    infrastructure resilience
•    structural heath monitoring
•    fire safety engineering
•    transport systems
•    resilient pavements

Our research is supported by deep industry connections that enable translation of our cutting-edge research into real-world outcomes. We have a highly capable higher degree research student body, with over 80 students engaged in MPhil and PhD programs. 

The School’s research is well aligned with the University’s real-world positioning, through better partnerships across internal and external boundaries. Our researchers study the natural, built and virtual environments to find ways to make them more sustainable, secure and resilient. Our School also has ties with major QUT research centres, including the Centre for Data Science, Centre for Materials Science and Centre for Agriculture and Bioeconomy.

What you need to succeed

To thrive in this role, you will be proactive and dependable, with a desire to make a positive impact on the experience of our students.

You will demonstrate:

1. Completion of doctoral qualification in microbiology, bioinformatics or a closely related discipline. 
2. Record of outcomes such as publications, course work, professional experience, and/or awards consistent with the key areas of this position.
3. Demonstrated research expertise in one or more relevant research areas such as microbiology, bioinformatics, health related water microbiology. 
4. Excellent communication and leadership skills to support and supervise graduate students.

Careers at QUT

Our culture is vibrant, inspiring and challenging. It’s a world where like-minds come together with a commitment to making a real world difference, no matter what the area of expertise.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

Explore Life at QUT

Reference number: 23181

Term: Fixed-term, full-time basis for two (2) years with a possibility of one (1) year extension.

Remuneration: $AUD86,407 to $AUD117,247 pa (LEVA) (inclusive of $AUD73,015 to $AUD99,075 salary pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading)

Location: Gardens Point

Job opens: 24-Feb-2023

Applications Close: 27-Mar-2023 at 11.30pm

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At QUT, our values reflect what we believe in, and what is important to us as an organisation. They capture our strengths, our distinctiveness and sit alongside the priorities outlined in our QUT Connections, and guide our decisions and actions.

QUT aims to inspire and shape the future with talented students and staff from diverse communities, united by our core values of Ambition, Curiosity, Integrity, Inclusiveness,  Innovation and Academic freedom.

If you’re curious, innovative, and ready to experience what a career at QUT can offer, we’re ready to meet you. You can find out more about this role and how to apply by clicking ‘Apply’ or the link below.

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