Postdoctoral Research Fellow - – Biopharmaceutical Downstream Bioprocessing University of Queensland, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Australia

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - – Biopharmaceutical Downstream Bioprocessing


Job no:507031

Area:Aust Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology

Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($66,283.50 - $89,285.83)

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling. With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies.


Our people are our greatest asset. We offer collaborative, inclusive work and study places, which are enriched by the significant diversity of our staff, students and community. We genuinely believe that creativity and innovation flourishes in an environment where people feel supported, valued and empowered. Mutual respect, inclusivity and accountability are at the cornerstone of UQ’s culture.


AIBN is committed to supporting the career growth of women researchers and have a number of initiatives to support women in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our AIBN Women in Science web site at


The ARC Training Centre for Biopharmaceutical Innovation (CBI), located within the AIBN is enhancing Australia’s pharmaceutical capabilities through dedicated research and development programs with leading industrial partners. The Centre conducts research in three thematic areas:  new biopharmaceutical and diagnostic agent discovery; development of mammalian cells as factories for recombinant protein production; and advanced manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals. The CBI is supported by industry partners CSL Limited, GE Healthcare, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Patheon Biologics Australia Pty Ltd.


The role

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will perform top quality high impact research in bioprocess engineering for the production of protein biopharmaceuticals. This involves several aspects of downstream bioprocessing and includes enhancing primary recovery from bioreactors, developing and evaluating membrane-based separation processes for biopharmaceutical purification and the development of continuous downstream processing strategies. The research will be performed in collaboration with industry partners of Centre for Biopharmaceutical Innovation.


The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in the area of biotechnology, protein biochemistry, bioengineering or bioprocessing. You will have extensive knowledge and skills in the area of biopharmaceutical downstream bioprocessing and its applications, including mammalian cell culture for production of therapeutics and vaccines, chromatography and membrane-based separation technologies, and protein analytics. Your in-depth knowledge and understanding of cGMP, regulatory requirements for biopharmaceutical industry, single-use technology and process modelling make you ideally suited to this position.


The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.



This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for two (2) years at Research Academic Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $92,941 - $99,625 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $99,307 - $106,449 p.a.).  This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


Position Description

Download File 507031_3036361_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_Downstream.pdf



To discuss this role please contact Professor Stephen Mahler via 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.


Important: please do not send your application directly to the email listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement. Applications not received via UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.


Advertised: 22 Feb 2019 

Applications close: 17 Mar 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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