First listed on: 22 January 2021

Research Assistant

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) is one of the world's leading neuroscience research institutes.  Part of the University of Queensland, the Institute is home to over 450 staff and students, which includes 38 Faculty/Group Leaders.  Research at QBI spans cellular, molecular, circuit and systems neuroscience. The success of QBI's research is demonstrated by its team of world-leading scientists who publish regularly in the most prestigious international journals.

Clem Jones Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research

This position works within the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR) which was established within the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) in 2012, focusing on understanding pathogenic mechanisms at a molecular and cellular level and using this insight to develop therapeutic strategies for the prevention and treatment of ageing dementia as well as better diagnostic tools. 

About This Opportunity 

You will be involved in projects towards the understanding of the role of extracellular vesicles known as exosomes implicated in the spreading and induction of Alzheimer's pathology, using molecular, biochemical and microscopy techniques applied to in vitro and in vivo mouse models. You will have an active role in making and designing experiments, optimisation of techniques, the analysis of data, the critical discussion and presentation of the data, as well as helping in preparing manuscripts.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre.

Our Ideal Candidate

You must have a training equivalent to an undergraduate degree in the area of biomedical science/neuroscience. Demonstrated track records and extensive experience with mouse handling/surgery and manipulation procedures are essential. Experience and expertise in molecular biology and biochemistry techniques, cell culture and microscopy analysis will see you excel in this role.

You will also have excellent organisational and time management skills as well as a high level of written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

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

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

What We Can Offer

This is a fixed term position until 31st December 2021 at HEW Level 5, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,796 - $78,852 per annum plus super of up to 17%. 

The total FTE package will be in the range $82,832 -92,257 per annum. 

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Juan Carlos Polanco  or Professor Jürgen Götz

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • Resume

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

Applications Close: 16 February 2021 at 11:00PM AEST

UQ Careers Number: 512794


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