Senior Research Officer in Biomedical Science/Biochemistry

Brisbane, Australia
17 May 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Jun 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.

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

Clem Jones Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CJCADR)

In 2011 the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) established the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR), focusing on understanding pathogenic mechanisms at a molecular and cellular level and using this insight to develop therapeutic strategies for the prevention and treatment of ageing dementia as well as better diagnostic tools.

The role

QBI in partnership with UniQuest Pty Ltd, (the main commercialisation company of The University of Queensland) has developed a diverse intellectual property portfolio. One such development has occurred with Researchers in the team of the Director of The Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR) within QBI where a medical device is under development for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. The Senior Research Officer will draw upon his or her strong history of translational development to proactively drive the project towards a commercial endpoint.

The person

The applicants must have a postgraduate qualification in the area of biomedical science/biochemistry or related discipline with experience in translational research projects. The successful candidate will oversee a skilled research team to solve challenging technical problems and contribute to pre-clinical animal studies and other procedures as required.  Applicants should have the ability to analyse a wide variety of information and data, experience in project management tools, excellent organisational and time management skills as well as a high level of written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. 

Ideally candidates will have a sound knowledge of commercialisation related activities including patents, clinical trials and regulatory compliance; and experience with medical imaging techniques will be highly regarded. 

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 for 12 months initially at Academic Research Level B. The remuneration package will be in the range $92,142 - $109,419 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $107,806 - $128,020 p.a.).

Position Description

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