Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Officer – Neurobiology

University of Queensland
June 12, 2024
Offerd Salary:$77,324
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • Queensland Brain Institute

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • NHMRC funded IDEAS grant with links to a clinical team

  • Full-time, fixed-term position up to 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension

  • Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

    At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

    As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world- class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

    About This Opportunity

    This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Officer to be part of a team to conduct experiments as part of an NHMRC funded IDEAS grant. In collaboration with the Chief Investigator, the successful applicant will be part of a basic neuroscience/pharmaceutical, chemistry/clinical psychiatric team. As part of this collaboration, you will establish the preclinical evidence for intranasal delivery as a viable route for the antipsychotic drug clozapine. The expectation is that the delivery via the intranasal route will avoid many of the debilitating side-effects patients currently experience with standard oral dosing. Success in this endeavour is a mandatory requirement, prior to clinical trials in patients.

    Key responsibilities include:

    1. Research

  • Optimise and conduct physiological, biochemical, neurochemical and behavioural experiments.

  • Conduct rodent behavioural testing and subsequent tissue collection

  • Independently analyse data and prepare manuscripts for publication

  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities within the research group

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies

  • 2. Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate)

  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures

  • Work as part of a multicentre broader team and be able to communicate research progress to non-experts

  • 3. Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the research team including attending lab meetings and institute seminars

  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed

  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees

  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community

  • 4. Other

    Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

  • The University's Code of Conduct.

  • Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.

  • The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.

  • Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.

  • This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

    This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 12 months with the possibility of extension. At Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $77,324.85 - $102,945.12, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,470.08 - $120,445.79 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You
  • Completion or near completion in the fields of Neurobiology, Physiology or related disciplines

  • Extensive experience in handling and dissection of experimental animals (rats)

  • Demonstrated experience with rat behavioural experiments

  • Experience with longitudinal physiological monitoring in rats

  • Basic molecular skills related to RNA and protein quantification

  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences

  • Ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively within the team

  • Ability to work weekends – we are establishing a chronic exposure paradigm and may require some weekend work

  • Experience with HPLC and or LC/MS/MS analysis of drugs and small molecules (desirable)

  • Basic Histology and imaging experience (desirable)

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Darryl Eyles [email protected].

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Wednesday 12 June at 11.00pm AEST (R-38978). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Thursday 20 June 2024.

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