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Postdoctoctoral Research Fellow, Integrative Neuroscience

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing the Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

In Macquarie’s newly established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences you’ll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

The Role

We seek an experienced postdoctoral neuroscientist to drive a project that investigates the neural networks and chemical mediators that underlie how and when the deep superior colliculus activates cardiovascular and respiratory outflows in the rat. The project uses in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetic, behavioural and neuroanatomical tracing approaches to determine these interactions.

Please click on this link for a list of publications by our group demonstrating techniques used and preliminary data found (Muller-Ribeiro et al., 2014; Muller-Ribeiro et al., 2016).

The incumbent will be involved in the design and execution of experiments, the analysis of experimental data, the preparation of scholarly publications and the training and mentoring of students in the laboratory.

The appointment will be made either at Level A or B, depending on experience and track record. The position is available immediately, although the starting date is negotiable.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, the applicant should specifically address the requirements listed below in a 1 - 2 page cover letter which should be submitted along with a current CV via the Macquarie University online recruitment system.


  • A completed Doctoral Degree in neuroscience (or a related field) or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated independence and excellence in the conduct of laboratory research.
  • A record of publications with first, corresponding, or senior authorships, relative to experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform stereotaxic surgery and physiological recordings in vivo (e.g. nerve recordings, single cell electrophysiology and/or cardiorespiratory variables).
  • Proficiency in data acquisition, processing and analysis


  • Demonstrated experience working with viral vectors and optogenetics.
  • Experience in fluorescence and/or confocal imaging, immunochemistry and/or in situ hybridisation and its analysis
  • Professional standing as evidenced by some of the following: refereeing for scholarly journals, examining postgraduate theses, citations, invitations to present at international conferences.
  • Experience in the preparation of competitive funding applications.
  • A demonstrated ability to successfully supervise honours or postgraduate research students.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a PC2 research laboratory including knowledge of relevant regulations and guidelines

Salary Package: from $88,420 - $94,760 p.a. (Level A) or $99,879 - $118,174 p.a. (Level B), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: full-time, 2.5 years fixed-term

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Simon McMullan at

Applications Close: 11:55pm on Sunday 2 July 2017

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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