Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Brain Sciences
University of Queensland

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/ Research Fellow

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Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) is one of the world's leading neuroscience research institutes.  Part of the University of Queensland, the Institute is home to over 450 staff and students, which includes 38 Faculty/Group Leaders.  Research at QBI spans cellular, molecular, circuit and systems neuroscience. The success of QBI's research is demonstrated by its team of world-leading scientists who publish regularly in the most prestigious international journals.

About This Opportunity 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow will be working in Professor Helen Cooper’s group. You will be involved in a project which explores how autism genes maintain the balance between stem cell renewal and neurogenesis during cortical development in mouse models and in pluripotent stem cell cultures. You will be responsible for conducting experiments, data analyses, and manuscript preparation, and will also be expected to apply for both independent and collaborative funding to support your research focus.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will hold a PhD in the area of neuroscience or cell or developmental biology and have demonstrated experience in developmental neurobiology, the use of mouse models and/or pluripotent stem cell cultures and the application of high-end microscopy. You will be self-driven and possess demonstrated high-level organisational skills including the ability to work independently and demonstrate evidence of research productivity.

Experience in the below areas is highly desirable:

  • RNA biology and/or transcriptomics
  • In utero electroporation
  • Production of conditional mouse knockouts and/or CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing
  • In vitro cell culture techniques
  • Mouse behavioural paradigms

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 12 months with the possibility of extension up to three (3) years at Academic level A or B.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,449.07 - $94,637.91 per annum, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,753.80 - $110,726.35 per annum.

For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542.79 - $118,206.74 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $116,465.07 - $138,301.88 per annum.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description



To discuss this role please contact Deputy Director (Research), QBI, Professor Helen Cooper.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 01 Feb 2021

Applications close: 01 Mar 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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