Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Statistical Genetics / Genetic Epidemiology

Aug 07, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute 

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute was established in 2007 as the sixth research institute of The University of Queensland. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. Based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus in Brisbane, the Institute has almost 300 researchers and students who work closely with clinicians in the areas of cancer, immunology and genomic medicine. UQDI is the largest partner in TRI, and is building major programs in Immunology, Cancer and Genomic Medicine research, with a particular focus on research aimed at development of new treatments.  Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

The role

The primary purpose of the position will be to apply Mendelian randomization methods to investigate potential causal relationships between modifiable exposures, high dimensional molecular biomarkers (e.g. gene expression, methylation, metabolomics, proteomics) and health related phenotypes in large scale genetic studies including the UK Biobank. The appointee will take responsibility for the design, analysis and write up of these studies, and will be expected to assist in formulating and running international collaborations based on these studies.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in statistics, genetics, genetic epidemiology or a related field (or be near finishing such a degree). They should have experience in Mendelian randomization studies or a desire to learn and apply the method. Experience in the UNIX environment will be necessary and applicants with programming skills will be highly sought after. 

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:  

Applications are also encouraged from women.

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


This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,545 - $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $95,407 - $102,415 p.a.).



To discuss this role please contact Prof David Evans on +61 7 3443 7051 or email


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. 

For information on completing the application process click here.

Reference: 500996

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