Research Assistant

University of Queensland


October 14, 2022


  • Queensland Brain Institute

  • HEW level 5

  • Fixed-term position for up to 1 year

  • Closing date Friday 14th October at 11:00PM AEST

  • UQ Careers: R-17077

  • About this Opportunity

    We are seeking a Research Assistant to join our collaborative team conducting pre-clinical studies using mouse models of stroke. Your primary responsibilities will be to perform mainly micro-surgery, but also behavioural assessments, tissue collections using mouse models of neurodegenerative disease. Occasionally, you may undertake administrative duties such as animal ethics. The applicant will also be involved in research projects in collaboration with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will work both independently and cooperatively, with access to a dedicated support network and superb neuroscience research facilities, to contribute to important discoveries.


    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Microsurgeries, Mouse monitoring, drug delivery, perfusions, dissections and tissue processing;

  • Tissue section preparation, immunohistochemistry and microscopy;

  • Interacting with and assisting other neuroscientists within the research team;

  • Assisting in general laboratory management and organisation

  • Keeping clear and accurate records of experimental methodology and results, and assisting with effective record keeping and data management.

  • Safety

  • Contributes to the safe and efficient operation of research equipment, infrastructure, methodologies and protocols

  • Ensures the appropriate storage, handling and disposal of chemicals, equipment, stores and/or samples/specimens

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.


    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.

  • Organisational Relationships

    The position reports to Dr Matilde Balbi (

    This role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.

    Neuromodulation and Homeostatic Processes Laboratory

    The lab led by Dr Matilde Balbi employs a multi-level approach combining in vivo imaging techniques and optogenetics to investigate intrinsic neuroprotective mechanisms of the brain under pathological conditions such as stroke. We are an ambitious, enthusiastic and collaborative group of people working towards finding cures for disease. In addition to scientific excellence and integrity, our laboratory strongly values mentorship, collaborations, innovation, and mental wellbeing. For more information, please visit and Balbi Lab


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) or an equivalent combination of relevant research experience and/or education/training;

  • Expertise in mouse handling, surgeries, drug administration, perfusion, brain dissection;

  • Experience with brain tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy and image analysis;

  • Ability to work independently and to multi-task experiments while meeting timelines; self-motivation and independent thinking with enthusiasm to achieve research goals; demonstrated capacity to work effectively both without direct supervision and as part of a team; excellent organisational skills, and; attention to detail;

  • Ability to learn new techniques and optimise experimental approaches;

  • Awareness of laboratory safety, and occupational health and safety protocols.

  • Desirable

  • Experience in the use of mouse models of neurodegenerative disease.
  • What We Can Offer

    This is a Part-time , 60 % FTE Fixed-term position for 12 months at HEW5.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $72,212.51 to $80,430.02 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $84,488.64 to $94,103.12 per annum.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Dr Matilde Balbi

    For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing Selection Criteria

  • Resume

  • To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels, including direct email, will not be accepted.

    About The Selection Process

    The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.

    Other Information

    Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

    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.

    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

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, 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.

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding...