Research Assistant, Brain and Mind Research Centre

Sydney, Australia
25 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Fantastic Opportunity for a Research Assistant to support with a research program assessing biological differences in monocyte function in patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • Located at Brain and Mind Research Centre, Mallett Street, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed Term, full-time for 12 months and base salary $73K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Research Assistant will assist with a research program assessing biological differences in monocyte function in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and particularly in changes to enzymes known to be dysfunctional in genetic forms of Parkinson’s disease. A loss of proper function of a protein called glucocerebrosidase (abbreviated to GCase) contributes to a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The GCase protein is highly expressed in a type of white blood cell called monocytes. We want to know how well the GCase protein is functioning in monocytes from patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Assistant who:

  • Bachelor’s degree with Honours in a relevant field of science (eg. Biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical science, medical laboratory science, applied science) or equivalent
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, relevant laboratory experience, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • advanced skills in data analysis, using statistical analysis tools, and reporting on research findings
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters 
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work 
  • strong problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods 

The successful applicant will be independently motivated and have a research and relevant laboratory experience and background that includes flow cytometry measures of proteins in blood cells.

About us

The Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) at the University of Sydney was established to integrate clinical and basic neurosciences research in Australia. Committed to discovery, innovative and integrative research strategies, clinical product development and the application of research initiatives; the BMC directly benefits people whose lives have been affected by psychiatric and neurological illness.

For more information about the Brain and Mind Centre

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2065/1018F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm Thursday 8 November 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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