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Research Assistant or Officer - Adeno-associated viruses (AAV) and molecular biology

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: External Vacancy
Categories: Research Assistant

  • Salary Package: From $83,478 p.a. to $92,146 p.a. (HEW Level 6) or from $72,473 $82,399 p.a. (HEW Level 5), plus 9.5%employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type:  Full time, fixed term for 12 months.
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

The Dementia Research Centre is seeking a Research Assistant or Officer to assist or take responsibility for the production and purification of adeno-associated viruses for cell culture and in vivo experiments. You will be responsible for performing immunoprecipitation, real-time PCR, protein extractions and DNA purification while following established research protocols. You will undertake a variety of other molecular and cellular biology research techniques, assist with data management and analysis, update 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 or experienced research officer who takes initiative when completing research project tasks and uses analysis and judgement to evaluate information and data to solve problems and make decisions. Ideally, you will have established experience performing molecular biology experiments, in particular the purification of adeno-associated viruses for cell culture and vivo experiments. 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 in the research officer role. You will have a strong service and quality focus ensuring high levels of accuracy when completing tasks.

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, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health and patient safety. 

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is committed to improving patient health through world-class fundamental and translational medical research, within the Department is the Dementia Research Centre which provides an environment for innovative, interdisciplinary research for dementia and basic neuroscience. The Dementia Research Centre is committed to providing a unique and supportive mentoring program to allow the growth of future leaders for neuroscience research.

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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 higher in medical science, neuroscience or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge of lab administration and experimental planning to assist in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the laboratory.
  • Ability to apply existing theoretical and experimental knowledge to modify, adapt and assist in undertaking molecular biology.
  • Experience in cell culture related methods such as transfection, protein isolation/ purification; or capable of conducting cell culture experiments involving multiple transfections, large sample sizes with accuracy.
  • Experience in undertaking cloning of gene(s) of interest and site-directed mutagenesis to create mutations/insertions/deletions within gene(s) of interest in target vectors
  • Experience in undertaking a variety of molecular biology and immunohistochemistry techniques including immunoprecipitation, real-time PCR, DNA purification, Western blotting and other similar molecular biology methods.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with different stakeholder groups.
  • Computer skills including MS Office, database management and statistical analysis packages.

Additional criteria for Research Officer:

  • Experience contributing to developing safe work procedures and gene technology applications.
  • Ability to conduct statistical evaluation, analyse data sets and statistics for the purposes of reports, manuscripts and research presentations.
  • Experience obtaining regulatory approvals for conducting research, in particular, animal research.

For further information regarding this role, please see the position description below:

Research Assistant

Research Officer

Specific Role Enquiries: Yazi Ke, Associate Professor in Neurobiology on

Applications Close: Sunday, 27 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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