Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Monash University - Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Melbourne, Australia

Salary range: AUD$86,025 – $92,343 pa Level A PhD (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)


A postdoctoral position in the neuroscience and obesity research fields is available in the laboratory of Prof. Tony Tiganis lab at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University, Australia. The successful applicant will explore the mechanisms by which hypothalamic neuronal circuits are coordinated to influence energy expenditure and glucose metabolism and how such processes are perturbed in obesity and ageing. The project will explore the role of hormones, diet, exercise and stress and the importance of mitochondrial dynamics in neuronal plasticity. The project will include the generation and characterisation of novel mouse models and employ cutting edge imaging and chemogenetic techniques.
The successful applicant will join an established research team with a track record in research excellence and is expected to be highly motivated and creative. A PhD in the areas of neuroscience and a track record in mouse handling and dissection, brain immunohistochemistry, genotyping, real time PCR, cell culture and general biochemical techniques including western blotting are essential. A background in obesity research and experience with stereotactic surgery, chemogenetics, optogenetics and mouse behavioural phenotyping will be highly advantageous.
The ideal candidate will have a track record of research excellence and will be capable of coordinating a multifaceted research program and working both independently and collaboratively in a team. Excellent verbal and written (English) communication skills are critical. Attention to details and appropriate record-keeping abilities are essential.
The successful candidate will benefit from a collaborative team of 12 laboratories within the Metabolism Diabetes & Obesity Program at the Monash Biomedicine Institute with the aim of nurturing the applicant’s career development.


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The Metabolic Signalling and Human Disease Laboratory is part of the Metabolic Disease & Obesity Program in the recently established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI). BDI brings together scientists from the School of Biomedical Sciences into six cross-disciplinary health and disease-focused Discovery Programs that include Infection and Immunity, Neuroscience, Cancer, Metabolic Disease and Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, and Development and Stem Cells.
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow