Research Assistant, Queensland Brain Institute

Brisbane, Australia
10 May 2018
End of advertisement period
31 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) 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.

Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

Neurodegeneration Pathobiology Laboratory

The lab (led by Dr Adam Walker) recently moved to QBI. We focus on molecular, cellular and mouse model studies of the causes and potential treatments for motor neuron disease (MND) and frontotemporal dementia. We are an enthusiastic, cooperative, dedicated and ambitious group working towards finding cures for disease. For more information please visit and

The role

The Research Assistant will be involved in conducting research and experiments for the Neurodegenration Pathobiology Lab.  The successful candidate will also provide general assistance with the day-to-day management of the lab.  

The person

Applicants should possess a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. You should also have experience in techniques such as western blotting, cell culture, histology, immunocytochemistry and mouse handling and dissection.  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 for 12 months. 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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To discuss this role please contact Dr Adam Walker on

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