The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) is currently seeking candidates for three Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions to undertake projects at the forefront of sequence-based analysis of environmental microbiomes.
Please refer to the following advertisement:


ACE is a dynamic and exciting research environment that brings together leading researchers in molecular microbial ecology and bioinformatics. ACE is located within the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) at the University of Queensland and features modern laboratories with in-house sequencing capacity and high performance computing.

The Role

Highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows are invited to apply for these positions in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics to work with Associate Professor Gene Tyson. In this role, you will be required to perform research on culture-independent characterisation of microbial communities associated with environmental ecosystems using high-throughput sequencing:

Project 1 - Dissecting marine processes at the microscale This is a Moore Foundation funded project with colleagues from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Technology Sydney focused on elucidating microscale interactions between bacteria and phytoplankton using microfluidic devices deployed in situ combined with high throughput metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.

Project 2 – Great Barrier Reef Foundation Fellowships The ReFuGe2020 Consortium is an initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation that endeavours to leverage biomolecular techniques to improve the management and resilience of coral reef ecosystems. The Sea-quence project is the first undertaking of this Consortium and is aimed at generating reference genomic and transcriptomic data for ten coral species, their associated microbial communities, and two or three strains of endosymbiotic dinoflagellates. One “Great Barrier Reef Foundation Fellowship” position is available at UQ to take the lead role with respect to the analysis and interpretation of the microbial component of these data.

Project 3 - Genomic and evolutionary diversity of anaerobic methane oxidation In collaboration with researchers at California Institute of Technology, this US Department of Energy funded project is focused on understanding the structural and genetic differences between microbial consortia capable of anaerobic methane oxidation using different electron acceptors.

The Person:

Applicants should possess a PhD and should have an excellent research record relative to opportunity. It is essential that you can demonstrate creativity, productivity and a high level of initiative. Applicants must possess a high level of written and oral communication skills and have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in science.


The positions are a full-time, fixed term appointment for one year at Academic Research Level A or B dependant on skills and experience. The remuneration package will be in the range $76,864 - $82,510 p.a. (Academic Research Level A) or $86,853 – $103,138 p.a. (Academic Research Level B), plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package for Academic Research Level A will be in the range $89,930 - $96,536 or $101,618 - $120,671 p.a. for Academic Research Level B).


To discuss this role please email Associate Professor Gene Tyson on To view the Position Description and to submit an application for this role, please refer to the University of Queensland Jobs website-Job Number 497357 UQ Jobs-Postdoctoral Research Fellow OR SEEK website - SEEK-Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Application closing date:

5th June 2015