PhD Studentship in Alzheimer's disease research

Dec 08, 2017
Apr 13, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

PhD Studentship in Alzheimer's disease research

Established in 2003, QBI ( is situated on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders, working across a range of disciplines, who are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease.

Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world’s leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.


The role

The Neurula Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases, headed by Dr Rodrigo Medeiros, is looking for a PhD candidate to explore novel immune-based targets for Alzheimer’s disease. The candidate should have a strong background in neuroscience and immunology. Experience with behavioral models, surgeries, and primary cell cultures would be desirable. He/she will be responsible for experimental design, data analyses, and manuscript preparation, and will also be expected to support applications for funding to support his/her research focus.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research to further understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Publish high quality papers and contribute to the disciplined academic environment of the laboratory and the institute.
  • Apply for both independent and collaborative research funding.
  • Acquire and maintain familiarity with relevant scientific literature and contribute to the academic environment of the laboratory and institute.
  • Present results of research at meetings at all levels – laboratory, institutional, national and international as appropriate.
  • Contribute to safe laboratory working environment.


To find out more about the Neurula Lab and Dr Medeiros, please go to:


The person

Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic Australian (domestic) science graduates ideally with a background in neuroscience and immunology. Candidates will have a First Class Honours or Master’s degree, and should be eligible for UQ scholarship consideration.



  • Knowledge in the area of neuroscience, immunology, molecular biology or relevant discipline.
  • Experience on animal models of learning and memory (i.e., Morris water maze, contextual fear conditioning, open field);
  • Experience on animal stereotaxic surgery and intracranial injection;
  • Experience on drug administration per oral, intraperitoneal and intravenous routes;
  • Experience on animal perfusion and brain microdissection (i.e., dissection of hippocampus, cortex, etc);
  • Experience sectioning brain tissue, histological techniques, light and confocal microscopy;
  • Experience in preparing and maintaining mouse primary neuronal and glial cell cultures;
  • Experience protein and RNA extraction from brain tissue;
  • Experience on western blot and quantitative RT-PCR;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and manage time effectively under conflicting demands;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Attention to detail and a methodical but expeditious approach to research work;
  • Ability to work responsibly, accurately and independently after basic training in techniques;
  • Ability to interpret experimental data to plan subsequent experiments and troubleshoot techniques;
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake experiments using a range of techniques;
  • Ability to bring the work to completion so as to obtain publishable results.


Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including meeting English language requirements, and demonstrating excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable.

For further information on entry requirements, please visit  Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.



Selected prospective domestic students will receive assistance to apply for University living allowance and tuition fee scholarships. The 2018 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$27,082 (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).

For further information on scholarships refer to:



To discuss this role and for further information, please contact Dr Rodrigo Medeiros (


Reference: 501629

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