- Salary Package: From $72,473 p.a.to $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
We are seeking a Research Assistant with a proven track record in basic molecular neuroscience to provide support to a research project within the Dementia Research Centre that focusses on molecular characterisation of a protein kinase gene. This project will provide important insights into the role of protein kinase genes in cognition and behaviour. The successful applicant will coordinate and assist with experimental planning, the collection and management of research data from multiple technologies, assist in the analysis of datasets from biochemical, genetic and neuroscience experiments, and synthesise and prepare data for presentations and publications. This should appeal to highly motivated individuals who are keen to contribute exceptional efforts to a new research team in molecular neuroscience.
Key responsibilities include:
- Help drive a research project on protein kinase genes in cognition and behaviour and perform experiments associated with this project
- Coordinate biological resources and manage their sustainability and quality
- Interpedently acquire research data and
- Assist with the analysis of datasets from biochemical, genetic and neuroscience experiments, prepare reports and presentations
- Work independently and as part of a team, while being able to meet tight deadlines and adapt workloads if required
You will have knowledge gained from a degree in molecular neuroscience or similar and have previous research experience, ideally within a university setting. You will be proficient in the coordination of project-specific and general biological resources and implementation of policies and procedures related to clinical research. You will be proficient in technologies for molecular biology (molecular cloning, gene analysis) and biochemistry (protein phosphorylation, mass spectrometry, protein complex analysis). You will be proficient in maintenance, characterisation and experimental implementation of genetically modified mice for neuroscience research and will demonstrate a strong skillset in biochemistry, molecular biology and mouse genetics. You will have strong interpersonal skills, and you thrive off working in a team and driving a specific research project.
Your experience with statistical software such as Prism and SPSS, mass spectrometry analysis software (MASCOT), mouse cognitive test analysis software (AnyMaze), coupled with your computer skills (MS Office, MS Excel), and research software (such as EndNote and NVivo) will set you up to succeed in this role.
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 be considered for this position, please apply online and attach your resume and a separate cover letter that outlines how you meet to the selection criteria below:
- Bachelor’s degree (Honours) or higher in molecular biology, biotechnology or related discipline.
- Demonstrated neuroscience research experience (preferably conducted within a University).
- Biological resource (i.e. genetically modified mouse colony) management experience
- Computer skills including MS Office, internet-based research and database management and research software (such as AnyMaze, EndNote)
- Excellent organisational skills with a demonstrated capacity to meet tight deadlines and manage time effectively.
For further information regarding this role, please click here to view the position description.
Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Arne Ittner, Neurobiology on email@example.com.
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).
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