Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Learning and Memory

Sydney (Region), New South Wales (AU)
$102,952AUD pa to $121,849AUD pa
February 26 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Learning and Memory

Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine/Faculty of Science

  • Exciting opportunity for an early career researcher to build your career by to working on ground breaking projects in Neuroscience.
  • Be mentored by world class researchers
  • Work in state-of-the-art facilities

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. 

About the role

In this role you will pursue research into the mechanisms of context fear learning and memory modulation. This position is part of a large project that investigates how contextual memories are acquired, strengthened and updated by further experience and the neural bases of these effects. These topics will be investigated using a multi-level approach including behavioural testing in normal and transgenic mice, in combination with innovative techniques such as optogenetics, chemogenetics and in vivo calcium imaging to establish causal links between cellular alterations and behaviour. 

You will be responsible for designing experiments and producing publishable data within research projects agreed with the team leader, Professor Vissel, and aspire to have the data and results of such research published in high profile journals.

You will be willing and able to work with mice and rodents in a number of paradigms related to studying learning and memory. Other aspects of the work will include imaging and cellular and molecular techniques including confocal and two-photon microscopy and optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations. Ideally, therefore you will have experience with learning and memory theory and fear conditioning or related learning studies in rodents and experience in the associated techniques

About the Centre

The Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine is a priority initiative of UTS, aiming to become a sustainable, world-leading hub of research excellence. The PDRFLM will support the Centre in this endeavour, including the development of research funding applications and contribution to world-standard research outcomes.

The Centre, led by Professor Bryce Vissel, pursues research in the neuroscience of cognition, movement and related neurological diseases. The Centre is divided into various overlapping and complementary research streams, directed to high impact scientific research related to

understanding the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in learning and memory. The laboratory environment requires effective communication across disciplines and team.

About you

To be successful in securing this role you will have:

  • A PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline (required)
  • Strong knowledge of hippocampal learning and memory mechanisms
  • Extensive experience in the conception, design and performance of neuroscience research, specifically context fear conditioning, stereotaxic surgery and intracerebral injections
  • Strong experience in optogenetics, chemogenetics, microscopy, and/or in vivo calcium imaging
  • Experience in writing ethics applications, statements for funding bodies and manuscripts for scientific journals
  • Experience supervising and managing students and research assistants
  • Knowledge of memory formation/consolidation, extinction, updating and reconsolidation of context fear memory as well as the molecular underpinnings, neural circuits and computations that occur to achieve these effects is desirable.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $102,952AUD pa to $121,849AUD pa (Level B)

This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is [full-time/part-time] and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 3 years.

How To Apply

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please click the apply link and download the Position Statement from the UTS website.

 Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted. 

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.

Closing Date:  25th March, 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia.

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.