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Research Assistant

Apply now Job no:506906
Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):Res Professional Lvl 05 w Perf Load ($75,771.25 - $75,771.25)
Work type:Part Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain under physiological and pathological conditions. The QBI was established in 2003, is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ, and 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 both the 2010, 2012, and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

Neural Migration Laboratory

The Neural Migration Laboratory is headed by Professor Helen Cooper. Prof Cooper’s research focuses on the molecular signalling systems (guidance receptors and their ligands) governing neural stem cell activity, neuronal differentiation and migration, and axon pathfinding in the embryonic brain. The laboratory also investigates the link between these molecules and autism. To address these questions she uses both developmental mouse models and in vitro culture systems.

The role

The sucesfull candidate will provide technical support for postdoctoral scientists and PhD students. This is a critical support role essential for the enduring success of a productive research team. Opportunities exist to learn a wide variety of techniques and to contribute significantly to innovative research projects.

The person

The applicants must hold a BSc (Hons) or other relevant qualification with subsequent relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. Applicants will have experience in mammalian cell culture, RNA extraction, PCR and genotyping; and western blotting and co-immunoprecipitations. 

The successful candidate will also have a methodological approach to problem solving, the capacity for forward planning and the ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary research team. 

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 the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a part-time, fixed term appointment for six months at the HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $66,347 - $74,098 p.a., FTE plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 9.5% (total package will be in the range $72,649 - $81,137 p.a. Full Time Equivalent).

Position Description

Download File 506906_Research Assistant.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Helen Cooper  

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.

For information on completing the application process click here.


You must have valid Australian work rights to apply for this role.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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