PhD Studentship in Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Location
Brisbane, Australia
Posted
07 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Apr 2018
Ref
501629
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

PhD Studentship in Alzheimer's disease research

Established in 2003, QBI (http://www.qbi.uq.edu.au) is situated 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 Neurula Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases, headed by Dr Rodrigo Medeiros, is looking for a PhD candidate to explore novel immune-based targets for Alzheimer’s disease. The candidate should have a strong background in neuroscience and immunology. Experience with behavioral models, surgeries, and primary cell cultures would be desirable. He/she will be responsible for experimental design, data analyses, and manuscript preparation, and will also be expected to support applications for funding to support his/her research focus.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research to further understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Publish high quality papers and contribute to the disciplined academic environment of the laboratory and the institute.
  • Apply for both independent and collaborative research funding.
  • Acquire and maintain familiarity with relevant scientific literature and contribute to the academic environment of the laboratory and institute.
  • Present results of research at meetings at all levels – laboratory, institutional, national and international as appropriate.
  • Contribute to safe laboratory working environment.

To know more about the Neurula Lab and Dr Medeiros, please go to: http://www.neurula.org/

The person

Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic Australian (domestic) science graduates ideally with a background in neuroscience and immunology. Candidates will have a First Class Honours or Master’s degree, and should be eligible for UQ scholarship consideration.

Desirable

  • Knowledge in the area of neuroscience, immunology, molecular biology or relevant discipline.
  • Experience on animal models of learning and memory (i.e., Morris water maze, contextual fear conditioning, open field);
  • Experience on animal stereotaxic surgery and intracranial injection;
  • Experience on drug administration per oral, intraperitoneal and intravenous routes;
  • Experience on animal perfusion and brain microdissection (i.e., dissection of hippocampus, cortex, etc);
  • Experience sectioning brain tissue, histological techniques, light and confocal microscopy;
  • Experience in preparing and maintaining mouse primary neuronal and glial cell cultures;
  • Experience protein and RNA extraction from brain tissue;
  • Experience on western blot and quantitative RT-PCR;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and manage time effectively under conflicting demands;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Attention to detail and a methodical but expeditious approach to research work;
  • Ability to work responsibly, accurately and independently after basic training in techniques;
  • Ability to interpret experimental data to plan subsequent experiments and troubleshoot techniques;
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake experiments using a range of techniques;
  • Ability to bring the work to completion so as to obtain publishable results.

Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including meeting English language requirements, and demonstrating excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable.

For further information on entry requirements, please visit http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/our-research-degrees. Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.

Remuneration

Selected prospective domestic students will receive assistance to apply for University living allowance and tuition fee scholarships. The 2018 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$27,082 (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).

For further information on scholarships refer to: http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/scholarships-and-fees

Enquiries

To discuss this role and for further information, please contact Dr Rodrigo Medeiros (http://www.neurula.org/contact.html).

To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration, ensure you use the UQ Jobs online recruitment system by following the Apply button below.  All applicants must supply the following documents: cover letter; complete official tertiary academic transcripts (with grades/GPA scores, and official grading scale details) and award certificates (testamurs); and a detailed academic resume/CV. 

Important:

please do not send your EOI directly to the contact person listed in this section of the advertisement.  EOIs not received via the UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Please note the EOI closing date below for domestic candidates leading up to the UQ Graduate School higher degree by research application and scholarship round timelines as advertised on their website:

https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/scholarships

Expression of Interest Closing Dates:

Domestic candidates: 13 April 2018 – for consideration in relation to the next UQ domestic scholarship round with commencement in Research Quarter 3 (July) 2018.

Applications close: 13 April 2018 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time