Research Associate, UNSW Medicine

Sydney, Australia
10 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The South Western Sydney Clinical School is based at Liverpool and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals, Sydney. The School is the fastest growing School within UNSW Medicine and is renowned for its excellence in undergraduate teaching and clinical training as well as in the range of research areas such as Cancer, Clinical Science, Community and Population Health, Early Years/Childhood Health, Injury and Rehabilitation and Mental Health.

The Pancreatic Research Group within South Western Sydney Clinical School undertakes research into the pathogenesis and treatment of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, as well as the biology of pancreatic exocrine function. Professor Minoti Apte, the Director of Pancreatic Research Group, is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field of pancreatic diseases. The Group’s laboratories are based at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medicare Research, Liverpool Hospital.

The Research Associate will conduct research and work on projects related to chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

The role of Research Associate reports to the Director of Pancreatic Research Group and has no direct reports.  

About the role

  • $75-$100k p.a. plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 5 years - Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conducting of research in the area of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer
  • Collection of human tissue, isolation and culture of primary mammalian cells, culture of cancer cell lines, pancreatic cells and management of cell and tissue bank
  • Conducting in vivo experiments related to i) rat and mouse models of pancreatitis and ii) mouse models of pancreatic cancer
  • Conducting in vitro experiments using primary mammalian cells and cancer cell lines in various projects
  • Setting up of 3D organotypic culture system, relevant treatments and assays
  • Collection of samples and data from in vitro and in vivo experiments and performing further assessment assays and statistical analysis
  • Preparation of, and contribution to, manuscripts, grant applications, animal and human ethics applications and reports
  • Performing other duties to support research activities such as processing of purchase orders and other administrative tasks
  • Assist with the training and supervision of junior staff and students where required
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD degree in a relevant area with 3-5 years of biomedical research experience
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, as week as part of a research team Expertise in techniques including, but not limited to, cell culture, 3D organotypic cultures and siRNA transfection of cultured mammalian cells; animal handling, small animal surgeries, intraperitoneal and tail vein injections; protein biochemistry, such as western blotting, ELISA; immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and immunocytochemistry, fluorescent in situ hybridization, digital imaging of stained sections (including confocal microscopy), RT-PCR and relevant statistical analysis of data
  • Demonstrated experience with preparation of manuscripts, grant applications, animal and human ethics applications and reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online


Lorinda Carter 


Applications close: 11:00 pm 31st October 2018

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