Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute

Brisbane, Australia
05 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 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.

The role

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct research as part of a project investigating the development of neural coding in the larval zebrafish brain. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team; this position is primarily focused on machine learning, computational analysis and modelling, but you will work very closely with the team members who generate the data. The data includes high-speed movies of zebrafish as they capture prey, and recordings of activity in the zebrafish brain via calcium imaging obtain from conventional 2-photon imaging and 2-photon light-sheet imaging. You will be responsible for performing a variety of analyses on these data, ranging from low-level image processing to calculating graph- and information-theoretic metrics. You will also be responsible for developing theoretical models which can explain the data produced.

The person

Applicants must have a PhD in an appropriate discipline (examples include neuroscience, physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science or related disciplines). You will have relevant experience in both data analysis and mathematical modelling and high-level programming skills in Matlab or Python. Training in neuroscience and previous experience in computational analysis of behavioural and/or calcium imaging data is highly desirable.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for an initial period of 12 months at Academic Research Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $75,557 - $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $88,401 - $102,416 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Geoff Goodhill via email

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