Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Obesity

Melbourne, Australia
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 12 month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $86,025 - $92,343 pa Level A PhD (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

The Opportunity

The Metabolic Signalling and Human Disease Laboratory is part of the Metabolic Disease & Obesity Program in the recently established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI). BDI brings together scientists from the School of Biomedical Sciences into six cross-disciplinary health and disease-focused Discovery Programs that include Infection and Immunity, Neuroscience, Cancer, Metabolic Disease and Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, and Development and Stem Cells.

The Cellular Signalling and Metabolic Disease Laboratory ( is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to explore the molecular mechanisms by which the CNS controls feeding, energy expenditure and glucose metabolism and how such processes are perturbed in obesity. The successful applicant will join an established research team with a track record in research excellence and is expected to be highly motivated and creative.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of research excellence and will be capable of coordinating a multifaceted research program and working both independently and collaboratively in a team. The successful applicant will explore the mechanisms by which hypothalamic neuronal circuits are coordinated to influence energy expenditure and glucose metabolism and how such processes are perturbed in obesity and ageing. The project will explore the role of hormones, diet, exercise and stress and the importance of mitochondrial dynamics in neuronal plasticity. The project will include the generation and characterisation of novel mouse models and employ cutting-edge imaging and chemogenetic techniques.

A PhD in the areas of neuroscience and a track record in mouse handling and dissection, brain immunohistochemistry, genotyping, real time PCR, cell culture and general biochemical techniques including western blotting are essential. A background in obesity research and experience with stereotactic surgery, chemogenetics, optogenetics and mouse behavioural phenotyping will be highly advantageous.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer toDownload File "How to apply for Monash jobs".


Professor Tony Tiganis, +61 3 9902 9332

All applicants must email a copy of their application’s CV and Response to Key Selection Criteria to in addition to submitting via the Monash Jobs portal.

Position Description

Download File Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Obesity)

Closing Date

Tuesday 1 January 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT