Research Officer / Senior Research Officer - James Cook University - WaterCareer

First listed on: 17 November 2021

Contribute to the new and rapidly evolving area of molecular genetics at The Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER). 

  • Full time; fixed term opportunity to 24 January 2024
  • Bassed in tropical North Queensland, Townsville
  • $85,349 - $133,913 p.a. plus 17% contributions to UniSuper.

What you can accomplish in the role

As part of the TropWATER Freshwater Ecology Group you will contribute to the new & rapidly evolving area of molecular genetics by applying environmental DNA analysis to detect the occurrence of species in water bodies through the genetic analysis of water and/or soil samples. This can be achieved by utilising your experience and specialist expertise in the field of eDNA genetics.

What you will bring to the role

You will bring either a PhD or (as a minimum) a Bachelor’s degree with at least 6 years of professional experience in a related field. It is essential to have molecular genetic skills with the ability to apply theoretical and practical expertise to the identification of DNA presence of aquatic species in water and soil samples. You may also bring a strong research background or a more applied background. 

Your skills in primer probe design, quantitative PCR and relevant statistical analysis as well as skills in next-generation sequencing and development of bioinformatic pipelines will ensure your success in the role. 


JCU is one of the world’s leading institutions focusing on the tropics and offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth. JCU prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is not only high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

We support our people through the provision of:

  • superannuation scheme with 17% employer contributions
  • professional and career development
  • five weeks’ annual recreation leave
  • attractive options for salary packaging

 How to Apply

Visit the Careers at JCU Website - vacancy reference 17648.