Postdoctoral Position in Psychology
University of Queensland, Brain Institute


Queensland Brain Institute
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, working across a range of disciplines, who are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease. 

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 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 primary purpose of the position is to investigate the role of dendritic spine plasticity in learning and memory. The project will involve the visualization of dendritic spines structure and function using two-photon imaging microscopy both in vivo and ex vivo, AAV-mediated genetic manipulations as well as animal behavior. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with 2-photon imaging microscopy, molecular biology and programming (Matlab). Some experience with organotypic slice culture preparation, animal handling, stereotaxic surgeries and behavior would be desirable.

The person
Applicants should possess a PhD in the area of neuroscience, biophysics or other relevant scientific discipline. Applicants should have experience in 2-photon imaging microscopy and/or programming skills (Matlab) and/or molecular biology. Applicants should have self-reliance and motivation as well as a high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively. Experience with organotypic slice preparation, mouse models, stereotaxic surgeries, virus injection and optogenetics is desirable.
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Job Information

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Contract length:
3 years fixed term, full time
Queensland Brain Institute

Contact Information

Dr Patricio Opazo
07 3346 6300

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