Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurobiology Research

Sydney, Australia
$110,856 + 17% superannuation
11 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full Time 12 month fixed term with possible extension
  • Opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Brain and Mind Centre to study the relationships between mental health, sleep/wake cycles, and circadian rhythms
  • Base Salary $110,856 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Brain and Mind Centre's Youth Mental Health and Technology team conducts clinical research across several streams that explore biological and behavioural factors influencing the onset, course, and response to treatment in young people with emerging mental disorders. Extensive collaborations with clinicians, circadian scientists, geneticists, biostatisticians, health service providers, and philanthropic and research organisations enable us to quickly and effectively translate our research findings into health system innovations, facilitating continuous improvements to mental health services for the benefit of young people in Australia.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will undertake neurobiological profiling research through the University's Brain and Mind Centre.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake analysis of clinical, biological, and behavioural data and work as part of a collaborative team working at the intersection of circadian science, data science and psychology/psychiatry to guide better assessment, classification, and intervention in young people with emerging mental disorders
  • assist with collection of clinical, biological, and behavioural data as part of ongoing research projects
  • write project reports, conference presentations, and journal manuscripts (including data management/preparation, statistical analysis, visualisation, and writing)
  • assist with the preparation of grant applications (institutional, national, and/or international schemes)
  • contribute and develop research ideas and conduct the implementation of clinical and neurobiology research
  • build and maintain reputation for academic excellence, to expand knowledge and practice.

About you

  • a PhD in an academic field relevant to the disciplines of neuroscience, psychology and/or sleep
  • holds strong technical skills and experience with statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS)
  • hold experience collecting sleep and circadian rhythm data
  • demonstrated experience in quantitative research analysis relevant to sleep and/or circadian research
  • hold experience collecting sleep and circadian rhythm data
  • experience in managing ethical requirements for research including submissions and reporting
  • strong applied research and service orientation with a proven ability to build successful working relationships with a variety of people, both internal and external
  • proven high level analytical skills and a methodical approach to data management and analysis, and hold experience working with large clinical and neurobiological datasets
  • high level research methods skills, including analytical and writing skills, evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with ability to develop and manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and work cross-culturally.

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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.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Thursday 25 August 2022 11:59 PM

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