Research Associate, Single Cell Analysis

Perth, Australia
29 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

  • Work with a consortium of cancer biologists, clinicians and bioinformaticians to study cancer at the single cell level
  • Level A, full-time appointment on a 24 month fixed term basis
  • Salary range: $68,452 to $92,497 plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

you will join the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences based at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins) in Nedlands. With established links across the Western Australia health sector, this Centre provides teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the medical disciplines. A core priority is medical and clinical research and a number of substantial research groups are based in the Centre’s laboratories.

The Cancer Research Trust has recently funded a nine-year program to enable single cell approaches to study tumour biology. The program, led by Professor Alistair Forrest at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical research, is based in Perth Western Australia and is a collaboration involving all major hospitals, medical research institutes and Universities in the region.

About the opportunity

As the Research Associate (Single Cell Analysis), you will perform experiments involving single cell analysis of tumours. In addition, this position will also involve extensive molecular biology protocols and bioinformatics analysis of genome-wide datasets. You will also be provided the opportunity to learn a wide variety of methods in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, genomics, systems biology, cell biology or similar field.
  • Experience in generating and analysing next generation sequencing datasets.
  • Published articles using next generation sequencing data.
  • Demonstrated capacity to form hypotheses, test them and follow through to write papers.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • The ability to supervise research assistants and students.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competency in a range of computing skills including word processing, spread-sheets, and databases

For more information on this opportunity please contact Professor Alistair Forrest, Senior Principal Research Fellow on

Closing date: Thursday, 13 December 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the Position Description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

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