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Postdoctoral Research Associate (381/0220F)

The University of Sydney
Job Location
The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
Base salary of $94,000 p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation
Job Description



  • An opportunity to contribute to research in the field of genomic/epigenomic in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Located at the Brain and Mind Centre on the Camperdown campus within the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Full-time, fixed term until December 2022 with a possibility of extension and a base salary of $94,000 p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation



About the opportunity 


As the Postdoctoral Research Associate, you will contribute to the overall research efforts of the Brain and Mind Centre/ ForeFront research team.


This role works with the support and guidance of more senior academic staff to develop their research profile and education proficiency in the field of genomic/ epigenomic research in neurodegenerative diseases, developing Next Generation Sequencing protocols and characterising genetic/ epigenetic profiles of the human brain.


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:


  • a PhD in the field of molecular biology/ bioinformatics with expert understanding of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
  • advanced knowledge of molecular biology techniques for NGS
  • advanced knowledge of bioinformatic approaches to analyse NGS datasets and experience in programming languages Linux, R and Python
  • experience with High-Performance Computing (HPC) environments is advantageous but not essential
  • knowledge of human and mouse brain neuroanatomy is advantageous but not essential.


About us


The Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) at the University of Sydney was established to integrate clinical and basic neurosciences research in Australia. The BMC is committed to discovery, innovative and integrative research strategies, and clinical product development- thus directly benefiting people whose lives have been affected by psychiatric and neurologic illness.


The ForeFront research group comprises recognised leaders in clinical, pathological and biological research who together aim to identify earlier detection of and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, and to understand their underlying disease mechanisms. The researchers study frontotemporal dementia, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer’s disease along with healthy ageing using well established clinical and basic research techniques in both cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs.


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 position description 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 381/0220F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 9 April 2020



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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How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 381/0220F to apply.

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