Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
Base Salary Range: $78,170 to $95,206 pa (Level A)
July 05 2019
Health Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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. UTS Equal Futures celebrates and supports women in academia through every stage of their career.

The Faculty of Science aims to ensure equitable representation in all occupational categories and in all levels of its workforce. In an effort to eliminate employment barriers we especially encourage applications from suitably qualified individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, from individuals with primary carer responsibilities, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates and from female candidates.

At UTS’ Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), we're dedicated to helping those suffering from the debilitating conditions of the brain, mind and spinal cord.

We’re spearheading ground-breaking new programs that will revolutionise the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, mental health, MND and spinal injuries, ultimately aimed at delivering impact to millions of people.

Led by Professor Bryce Vissel, the Centre is delivering results previously never thought possible, in line with its vision is to create a sustainable, world-leading hub of excellence.

About the role

This role presents a fantastic opportunity for an early career researcher to undertake ground breaking research in Alzheimer’s disease/dementia/memory disorders with a particular focus on understanding synaptic dysfunction in this disease and the role of microglia, astrocytes, immune cells and cytokines in regulating these functions.

You will play a role in conception, design and performance of novel projects and experiments in vivo and in vitro, using both classical and advanced technologies under direction of Professor Vissel.

Bringing your training in neuroscience and an understanding of synapses and synaptic plasticity and experience with relevant techniques your experience with Alzheimer’s/dementia studies would be very beneficial in addition to experience studying synapses and spines in vitro and/or in vivo with a cell biology and/or electrophysiology focus.

Alternatively, we have another project directed to understanding the role of peripheral immunity centrally and so a person with experience in B. Th and T-cell biology, but applied in the CNS, would be considered.

About you

  • A PhD in Neuroscience or a related discipline
  • A high level of knowledge in the field of neurodegeneration in Dementia & Alzheimer’s diseases
  • Experience in cell signalling and/or protein trafficking (preferably as related to synaptic function) including the relevant techniques
  • Experience in synapsis biology (regulation of synapse loss preferred)
  • Experience in animal research, including colony maintenance and both in vivo and in vitro studies, as well as animal ethics and reporting (image experience an advantage)
  • Experience supervising and managing students and research assistants
  • Demonstrated experience in Alzheimer’s disease research and successful leadership of research projects resulting in first author publications consistent with this experience

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $78,170 to $95,206 pa (Level A)

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 and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 3 years.

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. 

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.

UTS is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce and we encourage applicants where relevant to include a relative to opportunity or career disruption/break statement within their CV.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Answering Selection Criteria​.

Please ensure you read through the selection criteria carefully and provide a response addressing each point in your application. Please ensure your CV is provided.

Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function. If you are an internal applicant and need help with how to apply through NEO – Click here.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC135534.

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

Specific enquiries on the role may be directed to Elizabeth Martens via email on

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:  30 days  at 11.59pm (AEST)

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