Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Officer – Neurobiology

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

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)