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Research Assistant

Apply now Job no: 506689
Work type: Part Time
Vacancy type: External Vacancy
Categories: Research Assistant

  • Salary Package: Pro rate from $72,473 to $82,399 p.a. (HEW Level 5) plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type: Part time (4 days per week) fixed term position for 9 months 
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

Macquarie University is seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to research examining autonomic control of blood pressure and heart rate in disease conditions such as hypertension and chronic kidney disease using molecular and physiology-based research techniques.

Under supervision from the principal researcher, the accountabilities of the role will be to:

  • Perform cell culture experiments
  • Under direction, partake in the collection and preparation for analysis of animal tissue and cell culture samples
  • Undertake a variety of molecular, cellular biology and protein chemistry research techniques and related duties including:
  • RT-PCR, Western blotting, ELISA and other assays.
  • Immunohistochemistry and microscopy based techniques including fluorescence and/or confocal microscopy.
  • Assist in the care of laboratory animals, including routine husbandry, surgical and other associated experimental procedures
  • Assist with data management and analysis, including analysis and report preparation
  • Contribute to day-to-day laboratory management

For further information regarding this position, please click here to view the position description.

About You

You will be an enthusiastic, adaptable and competent individual who will work under the supervision of the principal researcher and be able to show initiative and anticipate requirements, ensuring that deadlines and objectives are met. You will have outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and a keen attention to detail.

About Us

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is ambitiously pushing the boundaries of progressive thinking and challenging what’s possible to solve some of the big issues of our time, both nationally and on a global scale. The Faculty forms part of MQ Health, an integrated academic health sciences enterprise which incorporates Macquarie University Hospital and primary and speciality clinics. We have active research programs in neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health and patient safety. 

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online and attach your resume and a separate 1 to 2-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria:

  • Currently completing or recent graduate of an undergraduate degree or equivalent in medical science, physiology or related discipline.
  • Experience in undertaking molecular and cellular biology techniques including Western blotting, RT-PCR ELISAs and microscopy in a research laboratory.
  • Ability to maintain records and effectively manage data sets for analysis
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with team members
  • (Desirable) Experience in handling laboratory animals
  • (Desirable) Demonstrated capacity to undertake literature searches and write using appropriate scientific terminology.

General Recruitment Enquiries: Gurnoor Dhillon, HR Administrator at

Applications Close: Monday, 14 October 2019 at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.



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