Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Pathomechanisms – Ref: R-40142 – Support with Australia visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package

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About This Opportunity 

As a successful candidate, you’ll contribute to pain research projects and address gaps in our understanding of pathomechanisms. You’ll draw on diverse skills, contribute to managing the research laboratory, refine behavioural and molecular readouts of preclinical pain models, and conduct advanced experiments related to chronic pain mechanisms. Additionally, you’ll interact with clinicians, pharmacologists, biologists, and chemists while contributing to the projects of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers within the group.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Research: Establish a research program, collaborate on research projects, seek and manage research funding, publish in reputable journals, utilize best practice research methodologies, and participate in project discussions.
  • Supervision and Researcher Development: Supervise students, recruit and manage employees, provide performance feedback and training, resolve conflicts, and ensure correct remuneration and benefits.
  • Citizenship and Service: Develop partnerships, demonstrate leadership through mentoring, engage in internal service roles and committees, perform administrative functions, provide support to colleagues, and uphold university values.

This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You 

  • Completion or near completion of a higher degree (PhD or equivalent) in molecular neuroscience or related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated significant contributions to independent and team-based research, with an emerging research profile.
  • Expertise in cell culture, including immortalized and primary mammalian cells (such as dorsal root ganglion neurons and immune cells).
  • Experience with preclinical pain models, behavioural assessments in mechanical and thermal allodynia, gait, grip strength and facial grimace analysis, tissue collection and sectioning.
  • Proficiency in molecular biology techniques and analysing cytokine release from cells and tissues using advanced in vitro techniques.
  • Knowledge of advanced imaging and microscopy techniques related to the peripheral and central nervous system.
  • Experience in modern laboratory practices and precise, organized task execution.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, computer literacy, and problem-solving abilities.

The successful candidate may be required to complete a number of pre-employment checks, including: right to work in Australia, education check, etc.

Work Rights:  Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

Relocating from interstate or overseas? We will support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section

Other Information

UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who don’t meet all criteria are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their potential. The selection panel considers both potential and performance relative to opportunities when assessing suitability for the role.

We know one of our strengths as an institution lies in our diverse colleagues. We’re dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We’re committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out to for accessibility support or adjustments.

Applications close Wednesday 31 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-40142). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for the week commencing Monday 5 August.

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