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Research Assistant - Circa

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research - Sydney, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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About Us

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) brings together world-leading basic and translational researchers with expert clinicians to break down barriers between traditional scientific disciplines and find solutions to disease. Founded in 1963, Garvan’s mission is to harness all the information encoded in our genome to better diagnose, treat, predict and prevent disease.

Our scientists work across four intersecting research themes: medical genomics, epigenetics, and cellular genomics; diseases of immunity and inflammation; cancer; and diseases of ageing affecting bone, brain and metabolism and across three major Centres: the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics, and the Centre for Population Genomics.

The Opportunity

Clinical Immunogenomics Research Consortium Australasia (CIRCA) is a national (trans-Tasman), Garvan-led collaboration of medical and scientific professionals that investigates the genetic causes of rare immune diseases. The mission is to understand the genetic causes of immunological diseases in individual patients. We then use these findings to help improve outcomes for their patient, their families and other individuals with similar immune diseases.

We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Research Assistant (RA) to assist in the characterisation of the molecular impact of novel genetic variants identified in patients with immune diseases. The RA will also assist with the general maintenance and upkeep of lab supplies, equipment and procedures and will have close interaction with other post-doctoral scientists, PhD students and Research Assistants in the Immunology & Immunodeficiency group, as well as with other members of the wider CIRCA group, and research teams at the Garvan Institute.

This is a two-year, full-time, fixed-term role with an annual salary in the range of $75K to $80K base (depending on relevant experience) + 14% superannuation + salary packaging benefits .

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting experiments and other duties in a timely, efficient and diligent manner to assist in the overall project progressing proficiently

  • Designing and managing own experiments and reporting and discussing findings back to the supervisor

  • Adopting published methods and interacting with scientists within and outside the Institute.

  • Collating and recording experimental data accurately, writing up experimental procedures and contributing to the interpretation of experimental results

  • Keeping up to date with technical developments relevant to the work, methodologies, data management systems, instrumentation.

  • Regularly attending extra seminar meetings and conferences

  • Contributing towards research projects through to joint authorship of abstracts and publications in journals specific to the field

  • Developing research-related material for the benefit of scholars with appropriate guidance from senior staff, and assisting in the design and/or the operation of specialised laboratory and technical equipment or the conduct of advanced research procedures;

  • Proactively and efficiently managing the administrative functions associated with lab management

About you

The skills and experience include:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Science – biology/biomedical or related discipline. The studies will have been undertaken in an area of science concerned with molecular and cellular biology or biochemistry

  • Demonstrated competence with molecular biology techniques, such as DNA/RNA preps, PCR, RT-PCR, gene cloning and expression, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing, DNA sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis, transfection or gene knockdown

  • Experience with protein/biochemical techniques, such as western blotting, EMSA and Immunoprecipitation

  • Experience with in vitro cell culture of primary human cells and human cell lines

  • Problem solving ability, with strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills of the level of professionally drawn graphs, figure legends and method sections to publishable standard

  • Proficient in data interpretation and sound understanding of clinical aspects of the research required

  • Agile learner and able to learn new techniques

Ideally, candidates will also be able to demonstrate experience in:

  • Protein/biochemical techniques such as flow cytometry
  • Molecular pathology techniques such as confocal microscopy and/or immunohistochemistry
  • Handling of human blood samples

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit your application with a CV and cover letter as one document, stating why you are interested in this role. We’ll be happy to receive your transcripts too. We are reviewing applications as they are received. If you think you’re the right person for this role, we’d love to hear how your capabilities, achievements and experience set you apart.

Only applicants with full working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

Sydney, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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