Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience

Brisbane, Australia
10 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 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 successful appointee will be responsible for dissection of circuit and molecular mechanisms of sensorimotor integration in C. elegans. This project will employ multifaceted approaches including in vivo calcium imaging, optogenetics, quantitative behavioural analysis and molecular genetics.

The person

Applicants must have a PhD in neuroscience or a related area and strong research experience in in vivo calcium imaging and data analysis, behavioural recording and analysis and in molecular cloning and transgenic strain preparation.  In addition, you should have good communication and interpersonal skills, the capacity to work independently with limited supervision and have a methodical but expeditious approach to research work.  Applicants with Experience in using microfluidics for C. elegans research and experience in using and designing chemotaxis behavioral assays will be particularly favoured.

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 is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Academic Research level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,545 - $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% initially (total package will be in the range $95,407 - $102,415 p.a.).

Position Description

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