Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant in Biotechnology

Brisbane, Australia
21 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to developing technology to alleviate societal problems in the areas of health, energy, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. AIBN brings together the skills of more than 450 world-class researchers complimented by an extensive suite of integrated facilities, working at the intersection of biology, chemistry, engineering and computer modelling.

With a reputation for delivering translational science, AIBN conducts research at the forefront of emerging technologies, and has developed strong collaborations with leading members of industry, academia and government. AIBN goes beyond basic research to develop the growth of innovative industries for the benefit of the Queensland and Australian economies. Information about the Institute can be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

This position is funded through the CSIRO-UQ Synthetic Biology Initiative, a new $4.5 million initiative to boost Australia’s synthetic biology capabilities. The Initiative is a collaboration between the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBioFSP) and AIBN.  A collaborative research program will be based at AIBN that brings together the facilities and expertise of two organisations at the leading edge of this emerging field. As part of this initiative, we are developing a bio-foundry for high-throughput multiplexed DNA parts assembly, to be known as AusFAB (Australian Foundry for Advanced Biomanufacturing). This facility will include interconnected DESIGN, BUILD, TEST, and LEARN capabilities.

The BUILD facility is a semi-automatic facility for high-throughput molecular biology work; it currently includes two fluid-handling robots (Cybr Felix and a Labcyte Echo) and a colony-picking robot (Singer PIXL) as well as a barcoding system and a ZAG DNA analyser. The facility is currently undergoing expansion with further equipment.

Our people are our greatest asset. We offer collaborative, inclusive work and study places, which are enriched by the significant diversity of our staff, students and community. We genuinely believe that creativity and innovation flourishes in an environment where people feel supported, valued and empowered. Mutual respect, inclusivity and accountability are at the cornerstone of UQ’s culture.

AIBN is committed to supporting the career growth of female researchers and have a number of initiatives to support females in developing and achieving a fulfilling research career at the institute. For more information, please visit our AIBN Women in Science web site at

The role

The Research Assistant will provide support in the area of synthetic biology and high throughput laboratory automation as part of the CSIRO-UQ Synthetic Biology Initiative. You will be tasked with the day to day management of the ‘BUILD’ component of the AusFAB biofoundry facility, running of the equipment, and support for Foundry projects.

The person

Applicants should have a degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Automation, or a related field, with subsequent relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. You will have demonstrated understanding of recombinant DNA technology, cloning techniques, molecular biology methods and other related techniques as well as demonstrated knowledge and experience in laboratory automation, including liquid handlers and analytical equipment

In addition, for appointment at HEW Level 7 you will be required to have lab management experience and experience in molecular biology, synthetic biology or related discipline.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  


This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment three (3) years at HEW Level 6 or 7. Appointment level will be dependent on qualifications, skills and experience. The remuneration package will be in the range $74,207 - $79,964 p.a. (HEW 6) or $81,883 - $89,559 (HEW 7), plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%. Total package will be in the range $86,822- $93,558 p.a. (HEW 6) or $95,803 - $104,784 p.a (HEW 7). Flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Position Description

Download File 505160_3043513_Research Assistant.pdf


To discuss this role please contact A/Prof Claudia Vickers via email

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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Important: please do not send your application directly to the email listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement. Applications not received via UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.

You must have valid Australian work rights to apply for this role. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Application closing date

Friday, 19 October 2018 at 11:55 pm E. Australia Standard Time

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