- Salary Package: From $93,830 - $100,559 (Level A step 6-8) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
- Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term position for 2 years
- Macquarie University (North Ryde) location
The Dementia Research Centre is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in stem cell bioengineering to establish and work with human and murine brain organoids for studying disease mechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative conditions. This work will integrate with ongoing research using genetically modified mouse models of human neurodegenerative conditions to understand and eventually treat these devastating diseases. The role will involve a degree of independency in experimental planning and execution, data analysis and reporting. The successful candidate will present the data at scientific conferences and contribute to the preparation of manuscripts towards publications in scientific journals.
You will have an in-depth knowledge of human stem cell technologies, including extensive experience with the methodology of generating induced pluripotent stem cells from donor fibroblasts, neuronal differentiation, and brain organoid generation. Exposure within functional and morphological analysis of organoids are essential. You will enjoy working both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. You will also be an excellent communicator with high-quality interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences is ambitiously pushing the boundaries of progressive thinking and challenging what’s possible to solve some of the big issues of our time, both nationally and on a global scale. The Faculty forms part of MQ Health, an integrated academic health sciences enterprise which incorporates Macquarie University Hospital and primary and speciality clinics. We have active research programs in neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health and patient safety.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences is committed to improving patient health through world-class fundamental and translational medical research, within the Department is the Dementia Research Centre which will provide an environment for innovative, interdisciplinary research for dementia, using and developing state-of-the-art technologies to advance basic discoveries towards translation into clinical treatments. The Dementia Research Centre is committed to providing a unique and supportive mentoring program to allow the growth of future leaders for dementia research.
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To be considered for this position, please apply online and attach your resume and a separate cover letter that outlines how you meet to the selection criteria below:
- PhD in Neuroscience or a closely related discipline; with a focus in stem cell technologies
- Proven experience in human stem cell technologies, including with the methodology of generating induced-pluripotent stem cells from donor fibroblasts, neuronal differentiation, and brain organoid generation.
- Proven experience with high-end microscopy, such as light-sheet microscopy and confocal microscopy.
- A strong record of contributions to peer reviewed publications and history of research excellence, relative to experience and opportunity.
- Demonstrated experience using a range of different high-end equipment related to microscopy techniques.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to prepare reports and publish in high impact quality journals.
- Proven ability to conduct research independently and as part of a team
- Computer skills including MS Office, research and database management and research software (such as EndNote).
- Experience working in a research laboratory including knowledge of relevant regulations, ethics, and guidelines.
NOTE: This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with the University’s health requirements
Given current Australian Government COVID-19 border restrictions applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.
Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Lars Ittner, Dementia Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, email@example.com
Applications Close: 31/1/ 2020 at 11:55pm AEST
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