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Postdoc Research Associate

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Psychology is one of the largest and most prestigious schools in Australia. The School is located in the Faculty of Science and has approximately 50 academic staff, 1600 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. Members of the School study a diverse range of topics and students gain an integrated and comprehensive knowledge in the main discipline areas of psychology and develop strong research, analytical and communication skills. Our School attracts excellent students who have an outstanding record in international competitions. Our School has a distinctive quality of academic staff; we earn more competitive research funding and publish more Tier 1 journal articles per academic than any other School in Australia.

Our academics are very well connected within Australia and internationally. Our School offers APAC accredited programs at undergraduate, undergraduate bridging, Honours, and postgraduate levels, as well as the opportunity to pursue higher degrees by research. For further information about the School, please visit

About the role

  • $76K-$102K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Postdoctoral Research Associate reports to Jay Bertran-Gonzalez and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Design, implementation and piloting of experiments in animals.
  • Perform small animal survival surgery including the implementation of optic fibres, infusion of viral agents and other surgical procedures.
  • Perform and analyse associative learning behavioural paradigms and high-throughput confocal microscopy experiments.
  • Perform a variety of techniques in systems neuroscience including in vivo recording of neuron activity, chemogenetic interference and behaviour in mice.
  • Perform other support tasks associated with general laboratory experimentation, including data analyses, literature searches, grant application and ethics approvals.
  • Manage the animal laboratory, including taking responsibility for managing experimental work, animal care, adherence to OHS guidelines.
  • Write scientific communications intended for publication in refereed journals.
  • In consultation with Dr J. Bertran-Gonzalez, supervise graduate and honours level undergraduate students during the course of specific projects.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedical engineering, Computer Science, Engineering or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience to set up and monitor new and existing experimental or computational projects in the field of Systems Neuroscience.
  • Demonstrated programming experience with MATLAB, Python or related.
  • Demonstrated laboratory skills in the analysis of behavioural, in vivo recordings, viral manipulations and/or confocal microscopy experiments.
  • A thorough understanding of experimental design, statistics and statistical methods and neuroscience data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to write scientific papers and to present scientific ideas and data in presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely as part of a team and strategically contribute to research outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to write grant/fellowship applications.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Jay Bertran-Gonzalez
Applications close: October 5th, 2019

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