Postdoctoral Research Fellow - The University of Queensland - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 01 September 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering

It is an exciting time to get involved with the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE), located on UQ’s St. Lucia campus.  The School is ramping up its investment in teaching, research and engagement to create an inspiring, diverse and flexible workplace. The direction is backed by a bold, new strategic vision to ensure the School is at the forefront of meaningful research outcomes and pedagogy across its core impact areas of health, data, automation and energy. Boasting strong student enrolments in professionally accredited programs, combined with world-class researchers and facilities, the School is focused on strengthening its position in the global computer science and engineering communities.  By attracting the brightest minds and fostering a truly innovative and collaborative work environment, the School will develop global solutions to contemporary issues and mentor the leaders of tomorrow. 

Within ITEE, the Robotics Design Laboratory (RDL) is a growing team of high-quality researchers with national and international recognition.  The RDL considers holistic design of advanced robotic and dynamical systems to solve difficult technical challenges.

Details of the School may be accessed on its website at

About This Opportunity

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to innovative research developments within the scope of digital health. The project aims to devise new method for the effective and efficient information extraction from electronic medical records.

The position is part of a newly BDHP/MRFF funded research project that involves researchers at the University of Queensland, Metro North HHS and Metro South HHS (Queensland Health). The postdoc will be part of the ielab team, in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

About the project

In the near future, all public hospitals in Queensland will share one integrated Electronic Medical Record (iEMR). It contains an extensive and rich repository of structured and unstructured information that could be used to facilitate clinical practice improvement and clinical research.  However, it is extremely difficult and labour intensive to access this data in order to use it for these purposes. This research project will streamline this process that will not only be useful within Queensland, but to all health care providers that use similar EMRs, worldwide. The project will develop a new, efficient capability for data extraction from the ieMR.  We will construct a robust data model from the existing iEMR database that collates and indexes information from both the existing structured query language (SQL) fields and currently unindexed, but invaluable unstructured information.

Please refer to the position description attached below for the full list of duties and responsibilities for this position.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, it is essential to have a PhD (completed or near-completion) in the field of Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, or Machine Learning on Textual Data. You will need to demonstrate expert knowledge and experience in relevant empirical research methods, including information extraction, semantic search. Research experience with medical records data or other relevant domain-specific search will be beneficial and highly regarded. It is also desirable to have demonstrated publication record in quality research outlets in relevant fields. Please find the full list of selection criteria in the position description.

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 full-time, fixed term position up to 12 months at Academic Research level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,729 - $94,637, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,753 - $110,726.

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

515790_PD_Postdoctoral Research Fellow


To discuss this role please contact Dr Guido Zuccon:

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
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

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

Applications close: 28 Sep 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time