Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience

Brisbane, Australia
29 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. We aim to understand the neural circuits in the brain, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.  We aim to (1) Develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function and (2) Use our understanding of brain function to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.

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.

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 both the 2010, 2012, and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

The UQ Centre in Stem Cell Aging and Regenerative Engineering

The UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering (UQ-StemCARE) is located within the AIBN brings together UQ’s leading researchers in stem cell biology, bioengineering, neural, vascular, and musculo-skeletal biology, genome biology, proteomics, bioinformatics, and clinical ageing-related research, to address the following challenges:

  • Discover the intrinsic and extrinsic regulators of stem cell ageing within in vivo perivascular, muscle, skeletal and neural stem cell niches;
  • Develop novel in vitro and in vivo models to interrogate the functional interactions between the intrinsic and extrinsic processes that result in ageing of stem cells and their niches in these tissues;
  • Demonstrate that manipulating novel key regulators can maintain stem cell and tissue function with age; and
  • Translate the scientific results into clinical solutions with medical and commercial potential.

The role

This position will be based in the Neurula Lab ( under the supervision of Dr. Rodrigo Medeiros. The successful candidate will lead projects to understand how concurrent diseases that commonly occur in the elderly may modulate neurodegeneration and age-related changes in the brain.  Research will be based on a range of in vitro and in vivo techniques to produce outputs for publication, further research and possible grant applications in the discipline area.

The person

Candidates must have a PhD in the area of neuroscience, immunology, molecular biology or relevant discipline. The candidate must have hands on experience in mouse primary neuronal and glial cell cultures and/or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Candidate must also be proficient in molecular biology (i.e., RNAseq, RT-PCR, western blot) and microscopy (stereology, confocal and/or 2-photon) techniques. Some experience with mouse stereotactic surgeries, organotypic slice culture, behavioural testing and brain microdissection would be desirable.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:  

Applications are also encouraged from women.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Research Academic Level A.  The remuneration package will be in the range of $81,545 - $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $95,408 - $102,416 p.a.)

Position Description

Download File 501084_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_NeurulaLab.pdf


For enquiries regarding this role contact Dr Rodrigo Medeiros, email; or visit;

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  1. Cover letter which includes future career goals,
  2. Curriculum Vitae that includes a record of research experience and technical knowledge and
  3. The names and contact details of three referees.

Important: please do not send your application directly to the person listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement. Applications not received via UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.

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