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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Brisbane (AU)
Base salary will be in the range AUD$70,449 - $94,637 per annum, plus super of up to 17%.
Closing date
Aug 4, 2021
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Job Details


The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) is one of the world's leading neuroscience research institutes. Part of The University of Queensland, the Institute is home to over 450 staff and students, which includes 38 Faculty/Group Leaders. Research at QBI spans cellular, molecular, circuit and systems neuroscience. The success of QBI's research is demonstrated by its team of world-leading scientists who publish regularly in the most prestigious international journals.

About This Opportunity

As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will join the laboratory of Professor Bruno van Swinderen to investigate a hypothesized sleep function centred on optimising attention, by measuring prediction error signals in the brain. You will work with Professor van Swinderen to intellectually drive this compelling hypothesis: a key function of sleep is to balance prediction and surprise. In addition, you will focus your efforts on developing your expertise and emerging research profile in your discipline. At this level the incumbent will be supported and guided by more senior academic staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time.

For further information on this role, please refer to the position description below.

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.

Our Ideal Candidate

You are interested in how the brain works, and why we sleep. Boasting experience with coding in Matlab, Python, or R, you will hold a PhD in neuroscience, computer science, data science or relevant related fields. A strong desire to conduct meaningful research, aimed towards making high-impact findings and publications along with expertise and a strong track record in computational science, image analysis, or mathematical modelling of complex systems would be highly regarded. Your excellent communications, interpersonal and organisational skills will help you excel in this role.

Working knowledge of Drosophila melanogaster research techniques would also be highly regarded, but not essential.

Visa sponsorship may be eligible 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 12 months at Academic level A. The project is funded by a 3-year ARC grant, so annual renewal will be based on progress meeting expectations.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range AUD$70,449 - $94,637 per annum, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range AUD$82,753 - $110,726 per annum.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Bruno van Swinderen.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to and 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 Career portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


Applications close: 4 August 2021

Job No: 513890


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