Research Assistant, Queensland Brain Institute

Brisbane, Australia
03 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

Established in 2003, QBI ( is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 400 staff, including 36 group leaders, working across a range of disciplines, who are focussed on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease. 

Over the past decade QBI has become itself 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 Bartlett Laboratory at QBI is interested in understanding the mechanisms controlling endogenous stem cell activation and neurogenesis. We have a particular interest in determining the mechanisms responsible for improving learning and memory following physical exercise in aged animals. We are currently examining neurotrophic factors, biochemical markers, and testing pharmacological approaches to improve learning and memory in aged animal models, with a view to improving cognitive function in patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as ageing dementia.

The primary purpose of this Research Assistant position is to be involved in conducting experiments addressing the core research of the laboratory. In addition, the Research Assistant will provide assistance to other laboratory team members as directed by the Head of the Laboratory and to perform routine administrative duties.

The person

Applicants should possess BSc(Hons) or equivalent; or equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. You should also have experience with cell biology techniques, histological techniques, biochemistry techniques and animal handling experience. The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in a scientific environment, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a strong methodological background, the ability to interpret experimental data, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.

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.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597 - $72,348 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,578 - $84,647 p.a.).

Position Description

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