Senior Research Officer

$95,771.32 - $113,728.12
Apr 13, 2019
May 13, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Institute for Molecular Bioscience

The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is a leading global life sciences research institute committed to improving quality of life through research. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ's first research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's website at: .

Program in Complex Trait Genomics

The Program in Complex Trait Genomics (website: is a joint initiative between the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). Physically located in IMB, the broad research focus is towards a better understanding of complex traits and disorders, including psychiatric and neurological disorders. A key research strength is the development of underpinning computational and statistical analysis methods. The Program is led by an Executive comprising Prof Peter Visscher, Prof Naomi Wray and Prof Jian Yang who were awarded a five-year Program Grant by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, commencing in 2017. In addition, Peter Visscher was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in 2018 to enhance capacity in human complex trait genetics and genomics.

Visscher, Wray and Yang and their colleagues are internationally recognised for pioneering the use of multi-marker statistical methods in human genetics and for innovative methods in the analysis of genetic and genomic data of complex traits. Their research is regularly published in top journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, Genome Research, American Journal of Human Genetics, PLoS Genetics and Molecular Psychiatry.

Research in the Program covers four major themes: Statistical Genomics, Systems Genomics, Psychiatric Genomics and Motor Neuron Disease Genomics. The Program consists of over 20 postdoctoral research staff as well as PhD students, research assistants and visiting academics. Current research involves; the development of novel statistical genetics methodology and software; analysis of genotype, expression and methylation array data alongside DNA and RNA sequencing data; application of statistical genetic methods to infer the genetic control of traits and diseases.

The Role

The appointee will be required to develop and run their own research program in collaboration with members of PCTG on existing projects:
  1. Multivariate whole genome estimation and prediction analysis of genomics data applied to psychiatric disorders.
  2. Develop methodology to estimate genetic parameters in quantitative and disease traits from whole-genome sequence data.
  3. Develop methods for the analyses of 'omics data.
  4. Analysis of genomics data of motor neuron disease (e.g. SNP, blood DNA methylation, exome sequence) from Australian and Chinese cohorts.
  5. Analysis of data from the Australian Genetics of Depression study.

The person

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field and at least two years post-doctoral experience or equivalent and demonstrated research productivity consistent with this experience. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate research productivity, knowledge in the principles of genetics and genomics, knowledge of computer programming languages, and knowledge of linear model methodology.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment until December 2021 at Academic Level B. The remuneration package will be in the range $95,771- $113,728 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $112,052 - $133,061).

Employees can take advantage of UQ's Sport Facilities , salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, and many other benefits.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus , renowned as one of Australia's most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane's city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment - you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Here at UQ we value diversity and inclusion, and we actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information and points of contact if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to .


To discuss this role please contact Rebecca Richter on

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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