Research Associate, Future Industries Institute, ARAS

Mawson Lakes, Australia
$87,280 - $93,569 pro rata per annum (plus super)
23 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Sep 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Based in UniSA Future Industries Institute located at Mawson Lakes Campus
  • 1 x full-time and 1 x part-time (0.8 FTE) fixed term contracts until December 2020
  • Salary range: $87,280 - $93,569 pro rata per annum (plus super)

About the Job

The Future Industries Institute (FII) was established with a new research culture in mind – one deeply engaged with industry, with the end goal of building economic growth through relevant innovation and industry partnership. The Institute represents UniSA’s largest single investment in research and builds on the significant capability, infrastructure and reputation of the University’s existing research strengths and substantial research infrastructure.

As a Research Associate within the Future Industries Institute Biomedical Engineering Group, you will contribute to research activities funded by the NHMRC aimed at the development and clinical trialling of a cancer diagnostic technology currently being commercialised by the industry partner Ferronova. Specifically, the full-time position will be responsible for leading the preclinical and clinical testing of the technology; and the part-time position will be responsible for developing and validating nanoparticulate imaging contrast agents. 

Skills and Experience

To be considered for these exciting research opportunities, you will have a PhD degree in Biotechnology or related field along with specific research experience relevant to cancer diagnostics.

To be considered for the full-time position you will have experience in designing and conducting imaging studies in preclinical models, including with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Positron Emission Tomography (PET). You will also have experience in the design and testing of imaging molecular contrast agents. 

To be considered for the second part-time 0.8FTE position you will have experience in the synthesis/characterisation of nanoparticulate contrast agents and in their biological evaluation along with experience in cancer diagnostic technology.

For both these opportunities, you will have a record of peer reviewed publications and conference presentations along with project management skills to ensure research milestones are met.

A University of Enterprise

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is an innovative, outward-looking institution known for its strong and engaged research and its experientially-based teaching and learning that is conducted in close collaboration with business, industry, government and the professions.

In recent years, we have maintained a strong upward trajectory across a number of key indicators and are ranked among the world’s top 50 young institutions. We are committed to international education activities and alumni, graduates who are equipped to meet the demands and expectations of the worldwide workforce, a culturally diverse staff and increasing student mobility.

Benefits on Offer

At UniSA, we seek to enrich people’s lives through the creation and application of knowledge. Our staff love to be a part of an organisational culture that promotes a strong commitment to educating professionals, sharing knowledge, and engaging with our communities.

We offer a competitive remuneration package and we have a family friendly approach to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance.

Lodging your Application

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Please refer to the online application form which will indicate which selection criteria you need to address. Please address your cover letter for the role to Amruta Das, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, you can contact the UniSA Recruitment Central Team on +618 8302 1700 or via email to using job reference number #1944.

Applications close: 11:30pm Thursday 12 September 2019

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.

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