Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience

University of Tasmania College of Health and Medicine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience

Job no: 494815

Work type: Full time

Location: Hobart

Categories: Academic - Research Focus

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Neuroscience

Full time, fixed term for 3 years

Based at the Medical Sciences Precinct, Hobart

Menzies is one of Australia’s leading health and medical research institutes and is recognised worldwide for its research excellence. Menzies’ mission is to perform internationally significant medical research leading to healthier, longer and better lives for all Tasmanians. Research takes a bench-to-bedside and disease prevention approach that is aimed at improving patient care and clinical outcomes for the community by translating knowledge into clinical and policy actions and through the commercial application of discoveries. Tasmania, an island state with a population of over 500,000 people, has a discrete health system that enables close engagement with the University and with government agencies and health providers and offers a unique framework for translational health research.

The Opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research (Menzies), part of the College of Health and Medicine.

Menzies’ five themes reflect the burden of disease in the Tasmanian community: Public Health, Primary Care and Health Services; Musculoskeletal Health & Disease; Brain Health & Disease; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Health & Disease; and Genetics and Cancer.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will plan, carry-out and analyse preclinical studies examining the role of glial cells in the development of multiple sclerosis pathology, and will explore the capacity for oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and oligodendrocytes to enable neural repair following demyelination.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Undertake high-quality research of international standing, secure external competitive and other funding, publish research findings and contribute to the successful supervision of research higher degree students.
  • Use expression and gene deletion approaches to determine how specific genes or genetic variants influence the behaviour or neural, vascular or immune cells in vitro and in vivo.
  • Plan, execute and evaluate studies involving preclinical models of demyelination.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • A post-graduate degree in the field of neuroscience.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved international recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of neuroscience, demonstrated by a record of quality publications, presentations at conferences and preferably success in securing external competitive and other funding relative to career stage and opportunity.
  • Experience in at least two of the following techniques in a neuroscience context:
  • culturing primary neural cells or human iPSCs differentiated into neural cells
  • inducing demyelination in mice and monitoring / phenotyping mice
  • performing histological analyses of pathologically altered nervous system tissue
  • using cre-lox or CRISPR/Cas9 technology to label or alter gene expression in neural cells in vivo
  • A record of contributing to building and maintaining effective and productive links locally and nationally with the discipline, profession, industry (where relevant) and wider community.
  • A working knowledge of glial cell function in the central nervous system.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A or B, with remuneration details as below:

Academic Level A - Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $108,076 comprising base salary within the range of $71,443 to $92,373 plus 17% superannuation.

Academic Level B - Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $133,842 comprising base salary within the range of $98,537 to $114,395 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the position/selection criteria
For further information about this position, please contact Associate Professor Kaylene Young, Principal Research Fellow, or 03 6226 7745.
Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Thursday, 23 July 2020, 11.55pm

Availability to start the position between Monday 5th October and 5th January 2021.

Advertised: 24 Jun 2020 Tasmania Standard Time

Applications close: 23 Jul 2020 Tasmania Standard Time