Research Assistant in Brain Sciences
University of Queensland Queensland Brain Institute

Research Assistant

Apply now Job No:514120
Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):Professional Level 05 ($70,796.58 - $78,852.96)
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 

You will be supporting the established team in generating mutants using a recent CRISPR/Cas9 pipeline we established and in using state-of-the-art microscopy and diverse phenotypic techniques to investigate the role of each respective gene-of-interest in brain development and function. In addition, you will have the opportunity to contribute to drug discovery programs aimed at finding new anti-psychotic compounds for the clinics.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre.

Our Ideal Candidate

You must have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree or equivalent and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Experiences in the below areas are essential:

  • molecular biology including State-of-the-art cloning approaches, Digestion, Gel extraction, Transformation and mini/maxiprep
  • CRISPR technology
  • zebrafish/mouse handling, breeding and embryos collection
  • zebrafish/mouse embryos micro-injections
  • in vivo observation of fluorescence and animal observation
  • formatting results for integration in scientific manuscripts

Expertise with confocal microscopy and experience in western blotting and immunostaining and cell culture would be a distinctive advantage,

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

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 fixed term, full time position up to two (2) years at HEW Level 5.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,796 - $78,852 per annum plus super of up to 17%. 

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

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

Position Description

Download File 514120_Research Assistant_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Jean Giacomotto.

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 Career portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 29 Apr 2021
Applications close: 27 May 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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