Research Assistant in Analytical Chemistry / Metabolomics
University of Queensland Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Research Assistant – Analytical Chemistry / Metabolomics

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Area:Aust Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
Salary (FTE):Research Professional Level 06 ($79,200.25 - $85,067.08)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

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.

About This Opportunity

This position will provide research support in the area of metabolomics. This will include providing analytical services to clients and collaborators, including performing qualitative and quantitative, targeted and non-targeted analysis of metabolites by LCMS and/or GCMS and/or HPLC. You will undertake method development and method validation, ensure high quality scientific data collection and compile Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and methodological work flows. You will contribute to progress reports for Metabolomics Australia (MA) and BioPlatforms Australia (BPA) and provide general laboratory support.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will hold a Bachelor of Science in the field of analytical chemistry, biochemistry or similar, with subsequent relevant experience and extensive technical experience in analytics. A sound understanding of scientific experiments and modern analytical techniques and demonstrated knowledge and experience in the following is essential;

  • chromatography and mass spectrometry principles and techniques
  • the analysis of diverse classes of metabolites
  • method development and validation
  • routine targeted and untargeted metabolite/metabolome analysis using LC-MS, and/or GC-MS, and/or HPLC;
  • and the use of relevant data processing software troubleshooting
  • routine maintenance of instruments data and database management

The completion of relevant postgraduate degree by research in analytical chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, or a related discipline (particularly in metabolomics; with extensive hands-on experience on LCMS) would be an advantage.

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

What We Can Offer

This is a part time (60%), fixed term (up to 12 months) position at HEW 6.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $79,200 - $86,827 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $92,664 - $101,587.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File PD_Research Assistant_Analytical Chemistry_Metabolomics.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Esteban Marcellin Saldana.

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria
  • Resume

Please note shortlisting and interviews for this position will take place in January 2021. 

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 27 Nov 2020

Applications close: 20 Dec 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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