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 The University of Queensland (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 both the 2010, 2012, and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this. Details of the current QBI interdisciplinary research programs can be found at https://qbi.uq.edu.au/.
The role: The purpose of the position is to dissect the circuit and molecular mechanisms of deep brain stimulation at the cellular, synaptic and behavioural level. This project will employ multifaceted approaches including in vivo neurochemistry, optogenetics, behavioural testing and molecular analyses. This will require extensive behavioural experiments, stereotaxic surgery and in vivo recordings. The successful applicant will ideally have prior experience in neurochemistry, optogenetic and/or chemogenetic manipulations, and behavioural analysis in rodents.
The person: Applicants must hold a PhD in the area of neuroscience or a relevant discipline and extensive experience in stereotactic surgery and behavioural testing. Experience with in vivo optogenetic and/or chemogenetic manipulations; in vivo neurochemical and/or electrophysiological recording; and experience in immunoblotting, are desirable. Applicants will also have demonstrated ability to bring research to publication, excellent organisational and time management skills as well as a high level of written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.
Remuneration: This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for up four years at Academic Research Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range AUD$83,295 - $89,285 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range AUD$97,456 - $104,464 p.a.).
The University of Queensland also offers other competitive options including salary sacrificing, on campus childcare, leave packaging and discounted private health insurance as well as many other benefits.