Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neural Migration

University of Queensland Queensland Brain Institute

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($70,729.75 - $94,637.91)
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.

Neural Migration Laboratory

The Neural Migration Laboratory is headed by Professor Helen Cooper. Professor Cooper’s research investigates the molecular signalling pathways (Wnts, netrins, BDNF) regulating neural stem cell activity, neuronal differentiation and migration, and synapse formation in the developing brain. A major research theme is the identification of the molecular mechanisms (i) governing stem cell function in the embryonic neocortex and (ii) underpinning cortical malformations and neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. The laboratory uses developmental mouse models, in vitro stem cell culture systems and state-of-the-art molecular/cellular biological approaches and high-end microscopy

About this Opportunity

As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will work on a project to explore how autism genes maintain the balance between stem cell renewal and neurogenesis during cortical development in knockout/transgenic mouse and pluripotent stem cell models. You will conduct research to delineate the molecular mechanisms regulating neural stem cell function in the developing mouse cortex using transgenic/knockout mouse models, pluripotent stem cell cultures and transcriptional profiling. In this role, you will also be responsible for designing and conducting experiments, data analyses, manuscript preparation and the mentorship and training of HDR students.

For an appointment at Academic Research Level B, you will be sought to take on a leadership role in independent and/or research programs, with responsibility to apply for external funding, build national recognition and make significant contribution to the research area. You will also be required to contribute to activities that will benefit the organisational unit, including participation in relevant committees, mentorship and supervision of staff as required.

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 will hold a PhD in neuroscience or cell, or developmental biology with a proven track record and emerging research profile in this area. You will have a strong desire to conduct meaningful research, which should be evidenced by your demonstrated and published experience in neurobiology and/or molecular, cellular or stem cell biology. Experience in the use of mouse developmental models and/or pluripotent stem cell models is essential to this role. In addition, you will have the ability to work autonomously where required and have excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines effectively. You will take ownership of your research, with the ability to interpret experimental data to subsequent experiments and troubleshoot techniques. You should also be able to bring your work to completion to obtain publishable results.

Experience in either developmental neurobiology, application of high-end microscopy, biochemical techniques, mouse behavioural paradigms or transcriptomics is desirable but not essential.

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

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to 3 years at Academic Research Level A or B, dependent on your experience.

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 (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

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To discuss this role please contact 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 key 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: 12 Jul 2021
Applications close: 09 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time