Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience

Brisbane, Australia
15 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
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. Details of the current QBI interdisciplinary research programs can be found at

The role

Large-scale synchronous network has been identified in mammalian brain at the resting state which implicates the spontaneous organization of the brain. However its neural basis and function are largely unknown. The primary purpose of the position is to understand the neural basis of resting-state network of the brain and its roles in learning, memory and dementia. Specifically this project will examine learning dependent neuroplasticity of the connectome using structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in rodent models and validate using electrophysiology, calcium imaging, axonal tract tracing, dendritic spine imaging and optogenetic/chemogenetic interventions. This will require extensive animal handling, behavioural experiments, stereotaxic surgery and in vivo and ex vivo imaging on ultrahigh field 9.4T and 16.4T animal MRI and two-photon microscopy.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in the area of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, physics or chemistry and have demonstrated expert knowledge in the area of animal fMRI, animal behavior, in vivo optogenetic study and electrophysiology. 

You should also have experience in functional MRI data analysis, evidence of contribution to research including successful external grant applications, excellent attention to detail, a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. 

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


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Academic Research Level A or B.  Level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and academic achievements. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,533 - $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,504 - $102,415 p.a.) at Academic Research Level A and $92,142 - $109,419 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $107,806 - $128,020 p.a.) at Academic Research Level B. 

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Kai-Hsiang Chuang on +61 7 344 33811 or

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