Research Assistant

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Closing date: 14th October

Research Assistant

The University of Queensland (UQ)

About this Opportunity

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join our collaborative team conducting pre-clinical studies using mouse models of stroke. Your primary responsibilities will be to perform mainly micro-surgery, but also behavioural assessments, tissue collections using mouse models of neurodegenerative disease. Occasionally, you may undertake administrative duties such as animal ethics. The applicant will also be involved in research projects in collaboration with PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will work both independently and cooperatively, with access to a dedicated support network and superb neuroscience research facilities, to contribute to important discoveries.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Microsurgeries, Mouse monitoring, drug delivery, perfusions, dissections and tissue processing;
  • Tissue section preparation, immunohistochemistry and microscopy;
  • Interacting with and assisting other neuroscientists within the research team;
  • Assisting in general laboratory management and organisation
  • Keeping clear and accurate records of experimental methodology and results, and assisting with effective record keeping and data management.


  • Contributes to the safe and efficient operation of research equipment, infrastructure, methodologies and protocols
  • Ensures the appropriate storage, handling and disposal of chemicals, equipment, stores and/or samples/specimens

​Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.


Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

Organisational Relationships

The position reports to Dr Matilde Balbi (

This role is subject to The University’s Code of Conduct.

Neuromodulation and Homeostatic Processes Laboratory

The lab led by Dr Matilde Balbi employs a multi-level approach combining in vivo imaging techniques and optogenetics to investigate intrinsic neuroprotective mechanisms of the brain under pathological conditions such as stroke. We are an ambitious, enthusiastic and collaborative group of people working towards finding cures for disease. In addition to scientific excellence and integrity, our laboratory strongly values mentorship, collaborations, innovation, and mental wellbeing. For more information, please visit and Balbi Lab


To discuss this role please contact  Dr Matilde Balbi

For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

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