Senior Research Fellow in Brain Sciences
University of Queensland

Senior Research Fellow or Principal 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) was established in 2003 on the St Lucia campus of UQ and is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 38 Group Leaders. The goal of QBI researchers is to understand the fundamental principles underpinning brain development and adult brain function in both health and disease. We believe that success in these endeavours will lead to a revolution in treatments for neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and motor neurone disease, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Details of the Institute may be accessed from the website:

About This Opportunity

QBI is seeking to appoint an outstanding female Senior Research Fellow or Principal Research Fellow to shape and expand QBI’s research themes of developmental neuroscience, systems neuroscience and/or neuro bio-engineering. This position will be key in leading our strategic agenda to develop new initiatives in collaboration with multiple stakeholders both locally and internationally.

A Senior Research Fellow (Assistant Professor, internationally) will engage in research and leverage their established record of achievement and national recognition in their discipline to develop their international profile. At this level it is expected that the incumbent will participate in a range of high-level service and engagement activities.

A Principal Research Fellow (Associate Professor, internationally) will engage in research and demonstrate a sustained record of outstanding contributions and achievement that is internationally recognised in their field of research. At this level it is expected that the incumbent will take on a leadership role in service and engagement activities.

These positions will be key in leading our strategic agenda to develop new initiatives in the relevant discipline area, in collaboration with multiple stakeholders both locally and internationally. Should you be successful, you will be expected to demonstrate outstanding leadership in guiding the development of others, major funding initiatives and intellectual leadership beyond their specific areas of research.

Our Ideal Candidate

The filling of this position is intended to constitute an equal opportunity measure under Section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). The position is therefore only open to female and gender diverse applicants.

To be successful for this opportunity, you will hold a PhD within the relevant discipline area, partnered with an established, national research profile. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to lead a research team, including a strong record of successfully obtaining and managing external research funding. You will also hold a solid record of supervising HDR students to successful completion. Finally, you will be able to demonstrate meaningful contribution of internal services roles in conjunction with a strong contribution to external activities. 

Visa sponsorship may be 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

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. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

What We Can Offer

We are recruiting a full-time, fixed term position for up to 5 years at Research Academic Level C or D. Flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

  • At Academic Level C, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $121,939 - $140,603 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $142,668 – $164,505.
  • At Academic Level D, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $146,824 - $161,756 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $187,918 - $207,028.

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

Download File 515946 Senior Research Fellow or Principal Research Fellow Appointment Booklet.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Helen Cooper – Deputy Director, Research.

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

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

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

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: 06 Sep 2021
Applications close: 18 Oct 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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