Research Assistant, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Brisbane, Australia
15 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2018
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

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 women researchers and have a number of initiatives to support women 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 contribute to the research effort on developing technologies for the production of therapeutic quantities of human pluripotent stem cells and cardiomyocytes. You will be responsible for performing experiments, collecting results and data for publication. You will maintain cell cultures in monolayer and suspension; as well as learn and perform assays applicable for hPSC pluripotency maintenance and differentiation to cardiomyocytes, depending on research project and as needed. For appointment at HEW 6 you will also be responsible for maintaining operation of stirred tank bioreactors and assisting in the writing and implementation of standard operating procedures.

The person

Applicants should have a Bachelor degree in a relevant area of Science or Bioengineering; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. You will have experience and/or training in the relevant areas of cell biology techniques and/or mammalian cell culture as well as experience in cell characterisation, specifically flow cytometry, immunofluorescence and quantitative PCR. In addition, for appointment at HEW 6 you will have experience with the handling and operation of bioreactors (0.5-3L) and significant experience with gene and protein expression studies. The preferred candidate will have excellent time management, organisational and communication skills with the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within the research group.

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.  

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to AIBN HR


This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for 12 months at HEW Level 5 or 6. Appointment level will be dependent on qualifications, skills and experience. The remuneration package will be in the range $66,347 - $74,098 p.a. (HEW 5) or $75,957 - $83,441 (HEW 6), plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%. Total package will be in the range $77,626- $88,652 p.a. (HEW 5) or $88,869 - $97,626 p.a (HEW 6). Flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Dr Andrew Prowse via email

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Application closing date

Thursday, 13 December 2018 at 11:55 pm E. Australia Standard Time