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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job no:505207
Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A4 ($83,295.80 - $89,285.83)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. We aim to understand the neural circuits in the brain, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. We aim to (1) Develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function and (2) Use our understanding of brain function to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.

Established in 2003, QBI ( is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders.

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

The role

The primary purpose of the position is to develop independent projects related to neuroepigenetic mechanisms of learning and memory. In particular, the candidate will determine the extent to which RNA modification is involved in plasticity related to memory formation. This will require advanced molecular biological approaches using next generation sequencing and orthogonal technologies as well as extensive animal handling and behavioural experiments.

The successful appointee will have access to laboratory resources and some ongoing support, and will be encouraged to apply for his/her own research funding. There are opportunities to be part of research teams, to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to supervise honours, masters and doctoral students.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in the area of neuroscience or relevant disciplines.  Expert knowledge in the area of genetics, epigenetics and molecular neuroscience is essential.  You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in neuroscience, excellent general research skills, a strong methodological background, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very good writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to QBI HR.   


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment (3 years) at Research Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,545 - $87,535p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $95,407- $102,415p.a.).

Position Description

Download File 505207_Postdoctoral Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Timothy Bredy at .

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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