Post doctoral Research Associate, Dopamine Functions

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary from $100,717 + 17% superannuation
05 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed term until December 2023
  • Focus on neurological and psychological basis of learning and memory of reward processing
  • Base Salary from $100,717 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Medical Sciences is recognised as one of the leading centres for medical science education in the world. With over 100 years of excellence in education, we are proud to be training the next generation of medical scientists who will be leading members of the medical research community with an innovative integrated curriculum. Our team of researchers lead key internationally competitive research from molecules to medicines, from patient to policy across a range of therapeutic areas.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate who will focus on research into dopamine functions.

The research lab you will be part of is focused on understanding dopamine functions in reward processing and its dysfunction in disease states such as Parkinson's disease and addiction. Rewards such as food, sex and social media are seeked on daily basis. The project examines neurological and psychological basis of learning and memory of reward processing behaviour. It has the potential to revolutionize the understanding of dopamine function.

The research lab applies pre-clinical models and post mortem human brain tissue in combination with cutting edge neuroscience tools such as RNAscope, optogenetics, chemogenetics and fibre photometry

About you

  • A PhD degree in Neuroscience, Biomedical Science, Psychology or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in animal behaviour, immunohistochemistry, and analyses.
  • Experience with neural manipulation skills (optogenetics, chemogenetics, lesion) is desired
  • Experience with neural mapping skills (Fibre photometry, MatLab programming) is desired
  • demonstrated experience working in a PC2 containment laboratory with strong knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice.
  • demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

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Friday 02 September 2022 11:59 PM

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