Laboratory Assistant - Molecular Genetics

University of Melbourne
November 30, 2022
Offerd Salary:$71,099 – $75,458
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Laboratory Assistant - Molecular Genetics

Job no: 0057531 Location: Hospital Based - Austin Hospital Role type: Full time; Fixed-term Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Department/School: Department of Medicine, Austin Health Salary: UOM 4 – $71,099 – $75,458 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - Department of Medicine, Austin Health https:// www.

The Department of Medicine, Austin Health is a large department in the School of Medicine and is committed to high standards of teaching, research and clinical care. The Department has major programs in basic and applied research, has clinical responsibilities at Austin Hospital and Heidelberg Repatriation and contributes significantly to the undergraduate teaching program for medical students. The research base is broad with significant funding from NH&MRC and other competitive grant schemes. There are 70 academic, technical and administrative staff, and 55 students who are enrolled to pursue higher degrees from BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD and MD.

About the Role The Laboratory Assistant will be responsible for the validity and integrity of all research data entered into the centralised database. This will include meticulous data entry; including clinical data, recording of DNA samples; and ensuring genetic results are entered as complete and accurate. The appointee will register or oversee registration of all biological samples and manage the storage of DNA samples in the laboratory. The appointee will assist with different molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR etc. They will coordinate outgoing sample shipments requiring daily communication within and between both the clinical and molecular genetic teams and national and international collaborators. The appointee will keep accurate records of all tasks performed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking biochemical and molecular biology experiments, including DNA extraction.
  • Administrative research duties connected with the area of research and meticulous maintenance of databases pertaining to the area of research.
  • Facilitating workflows between clinical and molecular teams and with external collaborators.
  • Facilitating translational research into the epilepsies; undertaking molecular studies as required.
  • About You You will be professional, timely and be accurate in the completion of tasks with an attention to detail and the utilisation of effective organisational skills. You will possess good communication skills and the ability to function and interact as a team member and have the ability to adapt to periodic pressures of the workplace, where large numbers of analyses need to be performed rapidly with a high degree of analytical precision.

    You will also have:

  • An undergraduate qualification in a relevant field of science or applied science.
  • Fundamental understanding of basic molecular biology.
  • Experience in or demonstrated understanding of, the application of sterile techniques in laboratory practices.
  • Capability to record scientific data and results in both conventional hardcopy and electronic forms.
  • An understanding of the need to commit to a workplace culture that is cognisant of the on-going requirements of third party audits. Commitment to observe MDU's: confidentiality, safety and security requirements, procedures, and; ethos.
  • To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

    Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

    About the University The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

    Benefits of Working with Us In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families
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    Be Yourself We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

    Join Us!

    If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

    ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

    Advertised: 16 Nov 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 30 Nov 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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