Research Fellow in Neuroscience

University of Queensland

  • Child Health Research Centre

  • Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50

  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues

  • Access state-of-the-art facilities to further your research endeavours

  • Based at the Centre for Children’s Health Research next to the Queensland Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane.


About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.


At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.


As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.


About This Opportunity 

We are seeking a Research Fellow to contribute to the Acquired Brain Injury in Children (ABiC) program. This person will have expertise in concussion, traumatic brain injury, and cutting-edge neuroimaging technologies. They will be required to engage in research to further their expertise and growing research profile, aiming for national recognition in their discipline.


As a Research Fellow within the ABiC program, you will mentor and supervise students, conduct data analyses, manuscript preparation, and pursue independent and collaborative funding opportunities to support research initiatives. The successful candidate will demonstrate competitive proficiency for the NHMRC investigator grant scheme.


Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Develop an independent and/or team research program to achieve national recognition and impact in the field of Acquired Brain Injury in Children.

  • Produce high-quality research outputs by publishing in national research journals, presenting at conferences, and taking a lead role in research outputs.

  • Actively seek, obtain, and manage research funding by participating in applications for competitive grants.

  • Develop and enhance researcher capability and skill through mentoring, coaching, and professional development opportunities.

  • Manage internal service roles and administrative processes efficiently and effectively.

  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate unit, fostering partnerships with industry, government, and community stakeholders.


This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 2 years. At Academic level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $108,201.26 - $128,201.75, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to$126,595.47 - $149,996.05 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.


The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.


About You  

  • Completion of a PhD in the neuroscience or health-related subject.

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge and concussion/traumatic brain injury OR relevant experience in neuromodulation.

  • Have excellent statistical and analytical skills, and writing abilities.

  • A growing profile in research in the discipline area.

  • A developing reputation and track record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Evidence of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.

  • A growing record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.

  • Experience in meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

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

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Blue Card: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to possess a valid Blue Card.



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Karen Barlow. For application queries or to receive a copy of the job description, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.


Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section


Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close Sunday 27th May 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-35783). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday 18th June 2024.