Research Assistant in Brain Sciences

University of Queensland

Research Assistant

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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) 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 researchers work to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. This is done by exploring the neural circuits in the brain, how information is processed in these circuits, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, stroke, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression, and schizophrenia.  Ultimately, researchers aim to develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function, and to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.

Over the past decade QBI has become known as a world-leading neuroscience research institute. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in all four of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews (in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018), one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

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About This Opportunity

The Mowry Lab seeks an experienced Research Assistant with a background in Bioinformatics, Statistical Genetics or a related field. The individual will be responsible for conducting sample and genetic variant quality control in genotyping and sequencing studies, developing and executing bioinformatics pipelines using high performance computing clusters, and developing, deploying and managing research software for the proposed lab’s web portal.

The group has expertise in generating and analysing large scale genetic, genomic and clinical data, including genome-wide association study (GWAS) results and secondary datasets generated using inhouse human genetic data.

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.

Our Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will demonstrate computer programming experience and experience using Bioinformatics applications. They will also possess a Bachelors or Masters in Bioinformatics or related field such as Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics. Other desirable experience and skills include the following:

  • Experience in Machine/Deep learning
  • Experience in Statistical/population genetics
  • Experience in Next generation sequence analysis
  • Experience in using Linux operating systems and cluster computing for analysing scientific data
  • Experience in programming using shell scripts, R, Python or JAVA
  • Experience in releasing opensource software (R or python packages for genomic data analysis)
  • Knowledge of Systems Biology 

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 full-time, fixed term position for up to two years at HEW level 5.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,796.58 - $78,852.96, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,831.99 - $92.257.96.

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

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Sathish Periyasamy.

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

Advertised: 10 Sep 2021
Applications close: 08 Oct 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time