Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience

Sydney, Australia
08 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
08 May 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Psychology is located in the Faculty of Science and has over 40 full-time members of academic staff and 17 general staff. It has an operating budget of over $12 million and additional research funding of over $15 million per annum. The School administers a range of undergraduate courses and degrees, with student numbers of over 1,000 in the first year to 65 in the fourth year Honours research program. The School also offers two postgraduate professional coursework Masters degrees, with a total enrolment of 60, and supervises the research of over 120 students enrolled in the PhD degree program. The School is very active in research, with most staff holding external research funding. The School has extensive laboratory facilities for both research and teaching.

About the role

  • $105K-$123K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of the Postdoctoral Research Associate reports to Bernard Balleine and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Design, implementation and piloting of experiments in animals.
  • Perform small animal survival surgery including the implementation of guide cannula, infusion of pharmacological agents, and other surgical procedures may be necessary.
  • Perform general histological evaluation of animal tissue including tissue sectioning, maintenance and storage.
  • Perform other support tasks associated with general laboratory experimentation, including data analyses, literature searches, grant application and ethics approval.
  • Manage the animal laboratory, including taking responsibility for managing experimental work, animal care, adherence to OHS guidelines.
  • Write scientific communications intended for publication in refereed journals.
  • Present research at national and international conferences.
  • In consultation with Professor Balleine take a leading role in the supervision of graduate and honours level undergraduate students during the course of specific projects
  • Contribute to the preparation and delivery of lectures and/or seminars to graduate and undergraduate students
  • To engage in professional activity including reviewing journal articles, organising meetings and visiting speakers
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:


  • PhD in Neuroscience or a similar discipline
  • Demonstrated experience to set up and monitor new and existing experimental projects.
  • Demonstrated laboratory skills in studying and manipulating animal learning, primary motivational variables and assessing concomitant behavioural impact in rodents.
  • High level of computing skills including MATLAB, databases, spreadsheets and the ability to program and operate PC computers running MED state notation.
  • Demonstrated laboratory skills in tissue processing and immunofluorescence techniques.
  • Advanced skills in microscopy, particularly with traditional and spinning-disk confocal microscopy.
  • Advanced skills in bioimage informatics for fluorescence tissue analysis.
  • A thorough understanding of experimental design, statistics and statistical methods.
  • Ability to write grant applications and scientific communications, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and strategically contribute to research outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver lectures and or seminars to graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Prof. Bernard Balleine


Applications close: May 8th, 2019

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