First listed on: 12 March 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • Opportunity to undertake research focused on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of frontotemporal dementias and other neurodegenerative disorders
  • Located at Brain and Mind Centre, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed term opportunity to December 2020 and base salary $92K - $98K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to undertake high-quality research focused on understanding the genetics of major neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementias and Parkinson’s disease.

The Dementia and Movement Disorders Laboratory is located at the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney and is a large dynamic team undertaking research from bench to bedside across a broad range of neurodegenerative diseases. This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join our internationally recognised research team and launch their academic career. 

The position is particularly related to the functional characterisation of genetic variants using cellular models and correlation with biomarkers from primary tissues and blood. The research aims related to this opportunity are to identify and understand novel pathogenic pathways identified from our genetic analyses, to develop potential therapeutic strategies to ameliorate them, and biomarkers to diagnosis disease and to monitor efficacy of any intervention.

The position is intended to assist the Research Associate to launch his/her academic career and provide experience that will enhance their career prospects and develop them as potential research leader.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • BSc (Honours) or equivalent and PhD in molecular genetics or closely related discipline
  • familiarity with the areas of neurodegenerative diseases and the use of cellular models, standard DNA and biochemical technology
  • interest and experience of epigenetic analyses via next-generation sequencing or pyrosequencing would be beneficial
  • ability to conduct independent, methodologically rigorous research that contributes to theoretical concepts and has implications for policies and practices

Our ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to build and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, work effectively in a team, manage resources and prioritise tasks to achieve project outcomes.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 357/0219F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 26 March

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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