Research Assistant, Cell / Molecular Biology (AIBN)

University of Queensland
July 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:$5.75
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
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  • Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)
  • Support human brain organoid research into hypoxia induced encephalitis
  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues
  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact
  • Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia campus
  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you will have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave
  • 17% superannuation contributions
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight
  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family
  • On campus childcare options
  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)
  • Salary packaging options
  • About This Opportunity

    The Research Assistant provides technical research support and subject matter expertise in support of human brain organoid research into hypoxia induced encephalitis at all stages of the research life-cycle.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinates aspects of cell and organoid culture, analysis and general lab maintenance
  • Assists in the design of research studies, under supervision of senior staff
  • Applies and/or instructs others on the application of advanced or specialist or technical research skills or processes
  • Assists in the conduct of major or complex experiments, tasks or programs
  • Troubleshoots issues with scientific/technical equipment
  • Undertakes maintenance and upkeep of facilities and equipment
  • Safety

  • 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
  • Research and administrative support

  • Assists with drafting research documentation, including ethics and funding applications
  • Undertakes literature searches and reviews
  • Assists with routine team administration
  • Assists with preparing reports, graphs, figures and presentations on research outcomes at different stages of the research cycle outcomes
  • 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:

  • The University's Code of Conduct.
  • Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.
  • The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.
  • Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.
  • This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 12 months.

    At HEW level 5, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $77,396.47 - $86,029.78, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,553.87 - $100,654.84 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    About You
  • Completion of a degree level qualification in cell biology and/or molecular biology; or completion of a Diploma with relevant work experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Excellent practical research skills and experience in relevant research methodology or techniques required for this body of research
  • Experience using cell culture, immunohistochemistry, q-PCR, western blotting
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to work independently on routine procedures
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Well-organised, methodical and self-motivated
  • Previous experience in a similar role would be considered favorably.
  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Prof Ernst Wolvetang – [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section
  • Resume
  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications extended to close 3 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-39790). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for July.

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