Research Associate in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Sydney, Australia
Dec 22, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jan 19, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity exists for a research role in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Psychology
  • Full-time Level A, 2 years fixed term, with a base salary of $93K - $96K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

Reporting to Associate Professor Michael Bowen, you will support the development of a preclinical testing pipeline (including in-house assays and assays run through contract research organisations or collaboration) for testing novel pharmacotherapies for treating neurodevelopmental disorders. Including establishing, running, and training others how to use in-house assays for testing novel pharmacotherapies for treating neurodevelopmental disorders. You willmanage transgenic mouse colonies, including guiding breeding strategy and genotyping. You will conduct research work and training on specific projects and in support of the broader research agenda for the work area. At least half of this role will involve a significant industry collaboration with an Australian biotech/pharma company.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion)  that focused on preclinical behavioural science
  • undertaken rodent behavioural testing and colony management
  • awareness of drug dosing/multi-route administration
  • experience in creation and validation of novel behavioral assays and equipment
  • experience in mouse and rat social and motoric assessments, genetic mouse and rat models for neurodevelopmental disorders, including single gene mutations, multi-transgene insertions, and conditional models.

About us

The Faculty of Science is one of six faculties operating within the University and includes the Schools of Chemistry, Geosciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychology, the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science. The Faculty stewards a range of research entities including the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, and partners with University-wide research centres, including the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), the Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) and the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST).

The School of Psychology provides an award course of accredited post-graduate training in clinical psychology Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and combined MCP & PhDand in addition, maintains a Psychology Clinic, a community clinical service that allows trainees who are enrolled in the MCP to gain mandatory placement experience.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1568/1220F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 19 January 2021

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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