Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dementia Research
Macquarie University Dementia Research Centre
Australia

Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Dementia Research Centre


Job no: 507875

Work type: Full Time

Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy

Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

  • Salary Package: From $93,830 – $100,559 (Level A) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term position for 2 years
  • Location: Macquarie University (North Ryde)

The Role

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.

About You:

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.

About Us

The Faculty of Medicine and Health 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 Apply:

To be considered for this position, please apply online and attach your resume and a separate cover letter (2 page maximum) that outlines how you meet the selection criteria below:

  • PhD in Biotechnology or a closely related discipline; ideally with a focus in stem cell bioengineering and regenerative medicine.
  • 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.
  • A strong record of contributions to peer reviewed publications and history of research excellence, relative to experience and opportunity.
  • Proven experience with high-end microscopy, such as light-sheet microscopy and confocal microscopy.
  • Proven experience in microfluidic technologies.
  • 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.

This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with Macquarie University health requirements.

Specific Role Enquiries:  Professor Lars Ittner, Dementia Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, lars.ittner@mq.edu.au 

General Role Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah, HR Administrator, rohana.nagarajah@mq.edu.au 

Applications Close: Wednesday, 15 July 2020 at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

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.

Advertised: 18 Jun 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 15 Jul 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time


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