Postdoctoral Research Associate, Epigenetic/Neuroscience

Sydney, Australia
26 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Apr 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine

University of Sydney

  • An opportunity to contribute to research in the field of genomic/epigenomic in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Located at the Brain and Mind Centre on the Camperdown campus within the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Full-time, fixed term until December 2022 with a possibility of extension and a base salary of $94,000 p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

As the Postdoctoral Research Associate, you will contribute to the overall research efforts of the Brain and Mind Centre/ ForeFront research team.

This role works with the support and guidance of more senior academic staff to develop their research profile and education proficiency in the field of genomic/epigenomic research in neurodegenerative diseases, characterising single-cell epigenetic profiles of the human brain and developing cell-free DNA diagnostics.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD in the field of molecular biology/ bioinformatics and expert understanding about genomics and epigenomics
  • advanced knowledge of state-of-the-art bioinformatics approaches to analyse Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) datasets and programming experience
  • experience in programming languages Linux, R and Python
  • a background ingeneral molecular biology techniques including cell-sorting (FACS), nucleic acid extraction, sample preparation for NGS, single-cell sequencing
  • experience with High-Performance Computing (HPC) environments
  • knowledge of human and mouse brain neuroanatomy

About us

The Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) at the University of Sydney was established to integrate clinical and basic neurosciences research in Australia. The BMC is committed to discovery, innovative and integrative research strategies, and clinical product development- thus directly benefiting people whose lives have been affected by psychiatric and neurologic illness.

The ForeFront research group comprises recognised leaders in clinical, pathological and biological research who together aim to identify earlier detection of and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, and to understand their underlying disease mechanisms. The researchers study frontotemporal dementia, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer’s disease along with healthy ageing using well established clinical and basic research techniques in both cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs.

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 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 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 381/0220F to apply.

Closing Date: 11:30pm, Thursday 9 April 2020 

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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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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