First listed on: 12 March 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dementia 

  • Opportunity to undertake research focused on genetic mechanisms of dementia
  • Located at Brain and Mind Centre, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed term opportunity to December 2021 and base salary $92K - $98K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake high-quality research focused on understanding the genetics of dementia, including frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. The research will be focused on developing cellular models of dementia-related phenotypes to assess the effect of candidate disease genes and variants, using mammalian cell culture techniques, molecular biological analysis and immunofluorescent microscopy.

The Dementia and Movement Disorders Laboratory is part of the internationally renowned network of clinics and laboratories known as ForeFront within the Brain and Mind Centre, and puts a strong priority on empirically rigorous research that has real-world applications. The team has many collaborative links with leading international researchers. This position will assist the Research Associate to launch their academic career and provide experience that will develop them as a 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
  • experience with cellular models, standard DNA technology, fluorescent light microscopy and immunocytochemical techniques
  • familiarity with and a passion to work on neurodegenerative diseases
  • ability to conduct independent, methodologically rigorous research that contributes to theoretical concepts and clinical translation
  • experience of live-cell imaging and/or induced pluripotent stem cell culture would be highly regarded.

Our ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to 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 359/0219F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm Sydney time, 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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