University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Quality Assurance Officer (mRNA Manufacture at BASE facility)



  • Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

  • Support the clinical manufacture of mRNA vaccines and therapies

  • Collaborate with world class researchers and scientists

  • Join a vibrant community where your work genuinely makes an impact

  • Based at St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Quality Assurance Officer to help establish quality systems to support the clinical manufacture of mRNA vaccines and therapies. You will play a key role in establishing quality assurance procedures, ensuring production meet the highest quality and safety standards, and is compliant with regulatory requirements and best industry practices.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Quality Systems: help implement quality systems required to ensure Quality Control and Assurance that monitor and maintain the quality and consistency of mRNA vaccine production processes.

  • Quality Engagement: work together with external support (consultancy services, vendor, and customer

  • Compliance: Ensure compliance with relevant regulatory guidelines, including FDA, TGA and EMA requirements.

  • Documentation: Develop and maintain quality control procedures, records, and reports. Help prepare quality manual, including policies, SOPs and associated Quality Records for initial operation.

  • Batch Release: Review and approve the release of mRNA vaccine batches, ensuring they meet quality standards and regulatory specifications.

  • Auditing: Conduct internal audits and inspections, as well as collaborate with external auditors, to assess compliance and identify areas for improvement.

  • Process Improvement: Work with cross-functional teams to identify areas for process improvement and efficiency enhancement within the manufacturing process.

  • Supplier and Vendor: Provide quality oversight and manage supply chain logistics to ensure compliance of raw materials and other components with laid out specifications.

  • Training: Provide training and guidance to manufacturing personnel on quality assurance processes and standards.

  • Data Analysis: Collect and analyze data related to production and quality control, identifying trends and patterns to drive continuous improvements.

  • Problem Solving: Investigate and resolve quality-related issues, including identifying root causes and initiate corrective and preventive actions.

  • Risk Management: Assess and mitigate quality-related risks in the production of mRNA vaccines.

  • Regulatory Updates: Stay informed about changes in regulatory guidelines to maintain practice compliance.

  • This role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.

    This is initially a one-year full-time, 100% FTE position through to 31 December 2024 with an option for extension depending on performance.

    At HEW level 6, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $90,538 - $98,719, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $91,158.90 - $106,655.91 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., Pharmaceutical Sciences).

  • Experience in a quality assurance/officer role, preferably in pharmaceutical or vaccine manufacturing.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Attention to detail and a commitment to maintaining the highest quality standards.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team and collaborate with cross- functional groups.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Timothy Mercer - [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Tuesday 28 November 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-31791).

    Please note applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates may be interviewed prior to the job closing date. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

    Job details


    Quality Assurance Officer (mRNA Manufacture at BASE facility)


    University of Queensland




    November 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 28, 2023

    Job type




    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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