The University of Queensland (UQ)

Postdoctoral Positions in Neuroscience, Optical Physics and Computational Modelling

Queensland Brain Institute - The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia


The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland (UQ) was established in 2003 and is home to more than 450 scientists and 42 laboratory leaders. Our researchers have made important advances in fundamental neuroscience and in diseases such as ageing dementia, schizophrenia and motor neurone disease.

Ethan Scott’s lab uses a very broad experimental platform, ranging from optical physics to mathematics, to discover and describe brain function and behaviour. This work hinges on brain-wide cellular-resolution calcium imaging in the zebrafish model system, using house-built light sheet microscopes, and complemented by anatomical descriptions, targeted optogenetic manipulations, mathematical modelling, and behavioural analysis. Our goals are both basic (the elucidation of sensory pathways) and translational (the circuit-level modelling of autism endophenotypes), and we welcome new members with either focus. This work is challenging and rewarding, and best suited to researchers who value broad, interdisciplinary approaches to big questions in neuroscience. Recent examples of our interdisciplinary studies include:

1. Marquez-Legorreta et al (2019). Brain-wide visual habituation networks in wild type and fmr1 zebrafish. bioRxiv, August 2019.

2. Favre-Bulle et al (2018). Cellular resolution imaging of vestibular processing across the larval zebrafish brain. Current Biology. 28 (23): 3711-3722.

3. Heap et al (2018). Luminance changes drive directional startle through a thalamic pathway. Neuron. 99 (2): 293-301.

4. Favre-Bulle et al (2017). Optical Trapping of Otoliths Drives Vestibular Behaviours in Larval Zebrafish. Nature Communications. 8(1).

The available positions will involve designing, conducting, and analysing experiments to understand functional neural circuitry in the zebrafish model system. Researchers with past experience in microscope engineering, optical physics, neuroscience, and computational biology are all welcome to apply, but it is expected that appointees will eventually span multiple of these fields once established in the lab. Your projects will be developed to take advantage of your existing experience while supporting your growth and development, and your ideas for your own projects (within the lab’s current broad interests) are welcome.

Culturally, our lab values diversity in all of its forms, and values its mutually supportive and collaborative atmosphere. For more information on the group, which will relocate to The Queensland Brain Institute in January 2020, please visit

The University of Queensland is one of Australia’s top universities, ranking 45th in the US News Best Global Universities Ranking, and the Queensland Brain Institute provides an exceptional intellectual and infrastructural environment. Brisbane is a family-friendly city with easy access to world-class beaches, rainforest, and other recreational opportunities.

Multiple postdoctoral positions are available with initial contracts of up to three years and the possibility of further extensions. Details can be found in the link below. To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Jobs Portal by 20 Dec 2019 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.