Job Opportunity: Bioreactor & Soil Microbial Ecologist, QUT

Bioreactor & Soil Microbial Ecologist at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Project details:

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are seeking a Bioreactor and Soil Microbial Ecologist to join School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Academic Division.

The successful candidate will work as part of a USA government funded project “EMergent Ecosystem Response to ChanGE Biology Integration Institute (EMERGE)”. This large international collaboration aims to better understand how microbial processes in thawing permafrost ecosystems contribute to the acceleration of methane and carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere. It includes a broad array of specialists in atmospheric trace gas modeling, geochemists, soil chemistry, team science, bioinformatics and microbial metabolism, and has a history of high impact publication. It is anticipated that experiments carried out will become an important piece of our understanding of the global microbial feedbacks to the warming of our planet, both within the EMERGE collaboration and generally in the scientific community, resulting in high impact publications and substantial forward progress in the appointee’s career.

Real world impact:

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus. They are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip their students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world.

About the area:

The Centre for Microbiome Research (CMR) was established in 2020 by Prof. Gene Tyson, an expert in the field of microbial ecology. Prof. 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 CMR 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.

What you need to succeed:

  • Education, training and/or relevant experience equivalent to the completion of postgraduate qualifications in microbial ecology, bioreactor design and fabrication analysis, or molecular microbiology.
  • Experience in bioreactor design and operation. Experience in bioreactor oxygen control, especially of anaerobic cultures is highly desirable.
  • Experience in analysis of data generated by incubations/bioreactors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, along with proven ability to autonomously organise and prioritise tasks and workflows to meet project deadlines.
  • High level communication skills, including clear and effective verbal communication, demonstrated written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to problem solve, logically plan and coordinate research activities, and critically assess existing literature and methods.

Careers at QUT:

QUT are committed to building a culture that fosters connection between people and purpose. Beyond personal and professional fulfillment, a career at QUT offers:

  • A healthy work-life balance with a blend of on-campus and off-campus work arrangements for applicable positions. 
  • Competitive remuneration with up to 17% superannuation. 
  • Generous maternity leave including primary carer parental leave of up to 26 weeks (including 17% super). 
  • Stay healthy with Fitness Passport and enjoy discounted rates on private health insurance. 
  • Leave loading of 17.5%. 
  • Purchased Leave Scheme – up to 8 extra weeks. 
  • Salary Packaging Scheme for additional superannuation contributions, vehicle leasing, and on-campus services such as childcare, parking, and gyms. 
  • Numerous opportunities for professional development including leadership programs and workshops, and their study assistance scheme.
  • Commitment to their Indigenous Australian staff through initiatives such as the Indigenous Australian Staff Network, Cultural and Ceremonial Leave, Staff Development Workshops, and representation on university committees.
  • QUT see diversity and inclusion as their strengths. 
  • Explore more benefits of life at QUT.


They are guided by their values of Ambition, Curiosity, Integrity, Inclusiveness, Innovation, and Academic Freedom and their QUT Connections in their mission to inspire and shape the next generation of change-makers. 

In support of their Indigenous Australians Employment Strategy, they aspire to an Indigenous Australian workforce participation of 3.6% and they encourage Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people to join us in pursuing a fulfilling career. 

They believe in creating safe spaces for inclusivity to flourish and they know that diversity is their strength – see their commitment. If you’re curious, innovative, and ready to experience what a career at QUT can offer, they’re ready to meet you.  

Reference number: 23613

Term: Fixed term, full-time basis for 12 months

Remuneration: $87,917 to $119,296 pa (LEVA) (inclusive of $74,291 to $100,806 salary pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading)

Location: Translational Research Institute

Job opens: 7 July 2023

Applications Close: 28 July 2023 (23:30)

Open to: 

Applicants who have ongoing full-time work rights in Australia. In support of our strategic priority of Indigenous Australian success, Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.