Postdoctoral Research Associate in Learning and Memory
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About the role
This role presents a fantastic opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to undertake ground breaking research in Learning and Memory focused on mechanisms of context fear learning and memory modulation within the Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM).
The research will specifically focus formation/consolidation, extinction, updating and reconsolidation of context fear memory as well as the molecular underpinnings, neural circuits and computations that occur to achieve these effects.
You will be willing and able to work with mice and rodents in a number of paradigms, including, but not limited to, monitoring and sacrificing mice, complex behavioural paradigms such as context fear conditioning, surgical techniques such as stereotaxic surgeries and intracerebral cannulation survival surgeries. Other aspects of the work will include confocal and two-photon microscope imaging of cells and synapses, in vivo calcium imaging and optogenetic and chemogenetic techniques to establish causal links between behavioural and cellular alterations and memory and behaviour.
To be successful in securing this role you will have:
a PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline
extensive experience in conception, design and performance of neuroscience research, specifically context fear conditioning, stereotaxic surgery and intracerebral infusions
strong experience in optogenetics, chemogenetics, microscopy, and/or in vivo calcium imaging
experience in writing ethics applications, statements/reports for funding bodies and manuscripts for scientific journals
experience co-supervising and managing students and research assistants
project management experience
knowledge of formation/consolidation, extinction, updating and reconsolidation of context fear memory as well as the molecular underpinnings, neural circuits and computations that occur to achieve these effects is desirable,
Remuneration & Benefits
Base Salary Range: $ 78,170 AUD to $ 95,206 AUD pa (Level A)
This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.
UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.
This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for three years.
Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.
How To Apply
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Closing Date: Monday 23rd September 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST)
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Additional Salary Information: 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary
Internal Number: IRC140417
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