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 lead projects to use C. elegans as model to study motor neuron disease. The candidate must have extensive experience in cell cultures, as well as some research experience with C. elegans. Candidate must also be proficient in molecular biology (i.e., RNAseq, RT-PCR, molecular cloning) and microscopy (stereology and confocal) techniques.

He/she will be responsible for experimental design, data analyses, and manuscript preparation, and will also be expected to apply for both independent and collaborative funding to support his/her research focus.

The person

Applicants must have a PhD in the area of neuroscience, cell biology or relevant discipline and extensive experience in cell culture, transfection and confocal imaging; and molecular cloning and transgenic strain preparation.  In addition, you should have research experience in membrane trafficking related subjects, ability to interpret experimental data to plan subsequent experiments and trouble shooting techniques, good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with limited supervision. Applicants with experience in biochemistry such as pull down and protein purification 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 for up to three years 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 9.5% initially (total package will be in the range $89,291 - $95,850 p.a.).

Position Description

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