Early, Mid and Senior Researcher

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Brisbane, Australia
02 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Opportunities in new UQ Research Centre

UQ is seeking to recruit researchers to join the newly established Centre for Restorative Neuroscience, based within the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).

Led by Professor Michael O’Sullivan, the Centre has been established following a generous donation from the Brazil Family to establish the Brazil Family Program in Neurology. Work within the Centre will focus on the discovery and characterization of fundamental mechanisms of resilience to damage and restoration of function in the injured brain, with an emphasis on stroke and traumatic brain injury (concussion). These mechanisms will be investigated on a range of scales, from cellular to large-scale networks and individual-environment interactions. New knowledge about mechanisms will ultimately lead to novel therapies to aid restoration of function in the injured human brain.

The Centre is formed around three key research themes:

  1. Cells and Synapses: This theme is cellular, molecular and synaptic mechanisms of regeneration, reorganization and re-learning after injury. The Cells and Synapses theme will build on existing strengths at QBI in mechanisms of neurogenesis spanning from in vitro and animal models to the human brain.
  2. Networks and Systems: This theme will investigate patterns of resilience and vulnerability of large-scale networks in the brain to injury: the connectomics of resilience and recovery. For example, it will investigate potential for adaptation through parallel connections and networks, and the influence of network architecture on vulnerability or resilience. It will also investigate the role of systems in promoting adaptation to injury, for example, the role of neurotransmitter systems in promoting plasticity.
  3. Behaviour and Environment: This theme will focus on research at the level of the whole organism. It will investigate the role of behaviours – both endogenous and directed by external cues – in promoting recovery, building on the neuroscience of plasticity in relation to learning, training and therapy. It will investigate the role of the environment in restoration of function and the interaction between environments and behaviour. This theme will span from studies of environmental enrichment in rodent models of stroke recovery to studies of human rehabilitation.

The Centre is seeking Expressions of Interest from early, mid and senior researchers keen to be part of establishing the Centre.

The roles

Researchers will perform top-quality, high impact research, focused on the discovery and characterization of fundamental mechanisms of resilience to damage and restoration of function in the injured brain.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in a relevant field and have demonstrated experience in one or more of the above research themes. Relevant fields include cellular or molecular neuroscience, behavioural neuroscience including models of injury and recovery, imaging and connectomics in models or humans, and cognitive neuroscience or rehabilitation. Clinicians should contact Professor O’Sullivan to discuss how their skills might fit the Centre’s mission. Evidence of a contribution to research relative to opportunity with a growing trajectory, including scientific and/technological achievements with the ability to work in close collaboration with academics and research colleagues in a variety disciplines is essential. For senior appointments, successful external grant applications and a publication record in high-ranking journals, with management and leadership capabilities in developing and mentoring researchers and PhD students is required.

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: atsi_recruitment@uq.edu.au  

Applications are also encouraged from women.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


These are fixed term, full time appointments for up to five (5) years. Appointment level will be dependent on qualifications, skills and experience. For senior appointments, a competitive start up package is available.


To discuss this role informally please contact Professor Michael O’Sullivan on +61 7 3163 8862 or m.osullivan1@uq.edu.au.


The Centre is seeking Expressions of Interest from early, mid and senior researchers keen to be part of establishing the Centre. To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter and Resume.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Important: Please do not send your application directly to the email address listed above. Applications not received via UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.