Research Assistant in Biomedical Science/Neuroscience

Location
Brisbane, Australia
Posted
17 May 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Jun 2018
Ref
504451
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
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 www.qbi.uq.edu.au

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

With an ageing population, numbers of Alzheimer's cases are increasing but there is no cure for this debilitating disease. CJCADR have recently developed an exciting new method that allows us by transiently opening the blood-brain barrier to remove amyloid-beta plaques that are known to cause Alzheimer’s disease in mouse models. This method also restores memory functions in these mice. The research assistants will apply this method to determine the efficacy of the treatment approach using a range of animal models and methodologies. The study may be complemented by cell culture work with the aim of therapeutic intervention. 

The person

The applicants must have qualifications and training equivalent to an undergraduate degree in the area of biomedical science/neuroscience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. Applicants will have demonstrated experience with small animal handling/surgery and manipulation procedures. You should also have experience in techniques such as histology and immunohistochemistry; microscopy and image analysis, RNA analysis including RT-PCR and Biochemical and pharmacological assays. 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 (https://staff.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/human-resources/diversity) 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.

Remuneration

These are full-time, fixed term appointments at HEW Level 5 for 12 months (2 x vacant positions). 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

Download File 504451_Research Assistants HEW5.pdf

Enquiries

To discuss this role please contact Dr Rachel De Las Heras on r.delasheras@uq.edu.au

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