Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Molecular Microbiology/Microscopy

The Centre for Microbiome Research (CMR), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is seeking a molecular microbiologist for a postdoctoral research position in the field of microbial ecology. The successful candidate will be specifically responsible for driving the development of innovative molecular methods for the characterisation of complex microbial communities – with a key focus on novel fluorescence in situ hybridisation methods (FISH) and single cell genomics.

About the Centre for Microbiome Research (CMR)

The Centre for Microbiome Research was established in 2020 by Professor Gene Tyson, an expert in the field of microbial ecology. Professor Tyson and his team are actively involved in the development of innovative culture-independent molecular approaches and bioinformatic tools, and their application to answer important questions about microbial communities across a range of ecosystems. The team is made up of researchers with diverse expertise within microbial ecology and genomics, providing an intellectually robust and collaborative environment.

The Centre is located within the Translational Research Institute (TRI), a unique multidisciplinary facility located at the Princess Alexandra hospital with a strong focus on translational research. This positions the team amongst top researchers and clinicians from diverse disciplines such as genomics, bioinformatics, immunology, oncology and gastroenterology, and provides the team with access to state-of-the-art core facilities. The Centre also has a dedicated PC2-certified laboratory fully equipped for molecular biology that includes an in-house white light laser confocal microscope (Leica), a PromethION (Oxford Nanopore Technologies) and access to a NovaSeq 6000 (Illumina). The Centre has a BD FACSAria Fusion fluorescence activated cell sorter with small particle detection and liquid handling robots for single cell genomic and culturing work, and maintains anaerobic culture and quarantine facilities. CMR houses its own high-performance computing resources consisting of >1,000 cores and 8 nodes. The operation of these facilities is supported by professional staff for microscopy, flow cytometry, sequencing and bioinformatics.

Selection Criteria

  1. Education, training and/or relevant experience equivalent to the completion of a PhD in a relevant field (microscopy, molecular microbiology, microbial ecology).
  2. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of molecular biology
  3. Experience in confocal microscopy, fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) and/or single cell genomics preferable.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, along with proven ability to autonomously organise and prioritise tasks and workflow to meet project deadlines.
  5. High level communication skills, including demonstrated written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Position details

The appointment will be offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for 12 months with the intention to renew based on performance and the expectation the candidate will apply for external fellowships. The salary will depend on experience and range from 99,272 to 140,246AUD + 17% superannuation.


Centre for Microbiome Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Translational Research Institute (TRI), Brisbane, Australia

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to Dr Simon McIlroy (  

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: ASAP
Location: Brisbane, Australia