Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Brain Sciences

University of Queensland


Postdoctoral Research Fellow/ Research Fellow

Apply now Job No:513422
Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

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.

About This Opportunity 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow will be working in Associate Professor Ethan Scott's group which generates large volumes of imaging data both from their brain-wide calcium imaging and from their behavioural analyses. This position will involve developing and implementing data management approaches for the handling and analysis of these data.  A Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A) will work on this project while also developing their expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline. A Research Fellow (Level B), in addition to the Level A expectations, will develop and run their own research projects in collaboration with team members and fulfil the necessary requirements to contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research Students.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in the area of theoretical neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, data science or relevant related fields, and will have experience with coding in Matlab or Python. Expertise and a strong track record in computational neuroscience, image analysis, or mathematical modelling of complex systems will be integral to the success of this role. In addition to your excellent communications capabilities, the candidate will be self-driven and possess demonstrated high-level organisational skills including the ability to work independently and demonstrate evidence of research productivity.

Record of sound and convincing development, as evidenced by first-author publications, participation in leading conferences, and the development of software along with experience in using High Performance Computing environments would be a distinct advantage.

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 full-time, fixed term position for up to two (2) years at Academic level A or B.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,449.07 - $94,637.91 per annum, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,753.80 - $110,726.35 per annum.

For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542.79 - $118,206.74 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $116,465.07 - $138,301.88 per annum.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

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

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

Position Description

Download File 513422_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_Research Fellow PositionDescription.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Ethan Scott at

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, including a 1-page description of your experience, how it would link to the lab’s work, and the fundamentals of how you would approach this project (included in the cover letter document).
  • Resume

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

Advertised: 08 Mar 2021

Applications close: 05 Apr 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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