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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Neurobiology

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - All Academic positions

  • Salary Package: From $73,216 - $98,588 (Level A) p.a., plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time fixed term position for 12 months.
  • Location: Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are seeking a motivated and talented Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a background in neurosciences and/or neurodegenerative diseases, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The lab studies the onset and progression of ALS using state-of-the-art imaging, molecular and functional techniques in zebrafish and mice. Using these novel tools we aim to study cellular pathology of ALS-relevant proteins in zebrafish and seek to expand our team. The lab offers excellent research opportunities in a young and developing team at the Centre for MND Research at Macquarie University.

We are looking for excellent candidates with a strong background in neuroscience, particularly with expertise in molecular and cellular neuroscience with the ability to work independently, as well as within a team. The successful candidate will work closely with a Senior Research Fellow and the Motor Neuron Disease Research Team to contribute and assist in work relating to MND research projects using zebrafish.

The successful candidate will perform a variety of molecular biology techniques, live-cell microscopy and behavioural testing and contribute to the preparation of research data, drafting reports and manuscripts for presentations and publications to deliver at conferences and meetings.

About You

You will be a motivated and organised researcher who takes initiative when completing research project tasks with a focus to identify and develop improvements to existing work techniques. You will enjoy working both independently and as part of a team and will be able and actively participate in group analysis work and hold oversight of laboratory activities. You will have an excellent service focus ensuring accuracy and quality when completing tasks. You will also have knowledge of and be competence in MS office, data management and statistical analysis packages.

About Us

The MND research Centre (>70 staff working on MND) is well integrated into the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Sciences, has established state-of-the-art research facilities and offers outstanding development options including an active Early Career Researcher support network (‘EnCouRage’).

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has active research programs in biomedical, translational and health services domains, with current areas of strength including neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation, and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. The Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health, and patient safety. In learning and teaching, the Faculty offers a unique suite of capability-based medical educational programs aimed a post-graduation subspecialty medical education and training, and a unique three-year extended masters-level, professional-entry Doctor of Physiotherapy degree.

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To Apply

We are always looking for individuals of exceptional talent (Research Assistant/Masters/PhD students) that are interested in developing their skills in neuroscience and in working in a dynamic team.

To be considered for this position applications are asked to provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria below and attach their curriculum vitae (including contact information for 2-3 references) as part of the application process.

  • A PhD in medical science or related disciplines
  • Demonstrated record in contributing to research projects including planning and conducting experiments.
  • Strong background in neurosciences.
  • Demonstrated experience in (confocal) microscopy and related imaging techniques
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA cloning, DNA construct assembly, PCR, gel electrophoresis, in vitro mRNA production, western blotting and immunofluorescence.
  • Ideally experience in zebrafish experiments including embryo injection, protein lysate preparation, behavioural assessment and general fish husbandry.
  • Recognised contributions to the preparation of research data, drafting reports, manuscripts for presentation and publication and deliver presentations at conferences and meetings.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with different stakeholder groups (including Faculty Administrators, Faculty Laboratory operations team, Staff and students)
  • Project management skills including the ability to prioritise different work demands.
  • Ability to apply theoretical and experimental knowledge to modify, adapt and implement changes to existing techniques.

Note: This position is subject to an immunisation check. 

Specific Role Enquiries: Senior Research Fellow & Team Leader MND Marco Morsch, MND Research at

General Enquiries: Gurnoor Dhillon, HR Administrator at  

Applications Close: Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 11:55pm AEST

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We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.


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