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Research Assistant or Research Officer

Apply now Job no: 506759
Work type: Full Time, Part Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Research Assistant

  • Salary Package: From $72,473 $82,399 p.a. (HEW Level 5) or $66,467p.a. to $71,637p.a. (HEW Level 4), plus 9.5%employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type:  Full time or part-time (4 days per week), fixed term for 12 months.
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research group is seeking a Research Assistant to conduct research towards a translational project examining the expression of specific marker proteins in human patient tissues.  Key accountabilities of the role include performing screening ELISA and western blotting assays to examine the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in MND following established research protocols, undertaking a variety of other molecular and cellular biology research techniques, assisting with data management and analysis, updating and maintain databases for project samples and data as well as contributing to day-to-day laboratory management.

About You

You will be a motivated and organised research assistant who takes initiative when completing research project tasks with a focus to identify and develop improvements to existing work techniques. You will have established experience performing ELISAs and western blotting, preferably with human samples. In addition, you will enjoy working both independently and as part of a team and will be able and actively participate in group analysis work and hold oversight of laboratory activities. You will have a strong service focus ensuring high levels of accuracy and quality when completing tasks.

About Us

The MND research Centre (>90 staff working on MND) is well integrated into the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Sciences, has established state-of-the-art research facilities and offers outstanding development options including an active Early Career Researcher support network (‘EnCouRage’).

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has active research programs in biomedical, translational and health services domains, with current areas of strength including neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation, and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. The Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health, and patient safety. In learning and teaching, the Faculty offers a unique suite of capability-based medical educational programs aimed a post-graduation subspecialty medical education and training.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below and indicate their preference for either the Research Assistant or Research Officer position in a separate document and upload the document as part of the application process.

Essential for all Applicants:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in medical science or a related discipline.
  • Expertise in ELISAs and western blotting techniques.
  • Ability to apply existing theoretical and experimental knowledge to modify, adapt and assist in implementing changes to existing techniques.
  • Computer skills including MS Office, internet and database management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with different stakeholder groups.

Additional criteria for Research Officer:

  • Experience contributing to research projects including planning and conducting experiments.
  • Experience in a variety of molecular, cellular biology and protein chemistry research techniques.

For further information regarding this role, please see below:

Research Assistant

Research Officer

Specific Role Enquiries: Julie Atkin, Professor in Neurobiology on

Applications Close: Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 11:55pm (AEST)

Note: This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with Macquarie University health requirements. You may also have to satisfy Macquarie University that you meet all background checks (including criminal record and qualification checks).

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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