Research Assistant in Biological Science

St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
$62,716.31 - $70,241.69
30 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
28 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

Established in 2003, QBI ( is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders, working across a range of disciplines, who are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease. 

Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world's leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

The role

The aim of the Synaptic Neurobiology Group is to unravel the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal communication in order to understand physiological phenomena such as synaptic plasticity, learning, memory and neurological disorders. The lab uses biochemical, molecular biology and cell imaging approaches to study the trafficking of glutamate receptors in neurons and its underlying mechanisms of regulation, including post-translational modifications and protein-protein interactions. The primary role of this position is to provide research support to projects examining the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity through in vitro and mouse models. The candidate will also contribute to the efficient day-to-day operation of the laboratory. For more information on the lab please visit the website

The person

Applicants should possess an honours degree or equivalent in a relevant field eg molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or other relevant areas.

The successful applicant should have a demonstrated ability to record laboratory notes at a high standard, a high level of written and communication skills, a high level of self-motivation, work commitment and initiative. Independent thinking and systematic problem solving skills are highly desirable. Knowledge of molecular biology (cloning, DNA/RNA extraction), western blotting, immunoprecipitation, and tissue culture are highly desirable. Experience in animal handling and microscopy techniques would be advantageous.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at HEW Level 5 until 31 December 2017 in the first instance. The remuneration package will be in the range of $62,716.31 - $70,241.69 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range of $73,378.08 - $82,182.78 p.a.

Position Description

Download File 499895 POSITION DESCRIPTION Research Assistant.pdf


To discuss this role please contact the Group Leader in Dementia Research, Dr. Victor Anggono via email on

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