Research Assistant, Level ARA

Adelaide, Australia
13 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based in the Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group within UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences located at City East campus
  • Full-time, two (2) year fixed term contract
  • Salary range: $70,618 – $95,253 per annum (plus superannuation)

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About the Job

Under the broad direction of the Professor and Head: Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group, the Research Assistant will contribute to research within the group including the NHRMC Ideas Grant project: Mending a broken heart: Understanding and harnessing the fetal heart’s capacity for repair, exploring the possibility of preventing heart failure from occurring and enabling heart repair in humans.

The cardiac specific effects of microRNA (miR) has potential as a therapeutic treatment that can restore cardiac function. In this project, the team will determine whether changing the expression of specific miR is responsible for and enables effective myocardial repair in sheep, where the heart muscle cells proliferate in fetal life but not in adulthood; a pattern that is similar to humans.

Examining a fetal sheep model of heart attack, induced by ligation of the left anterior descending artery, the team will show that increasing the expression of specific miR will reduce the expression of their target genes and prevent cardiac repair, proving their role in the repair process. In adolescent sheep, the team will then show that inhibiting the expression of these miR will increase the expression of target genes and promote cardiac repair.

The team will use novel fetal cardiac Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods developed by our team to define the degree of cardiac damage and monitor the repair and molecular techniques to measure miR and gene responses.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will hold an honours degree in fetal physiology or a related discipline and demonstrate animal/fetus and molecular work experience.

You will be competent in recording, analysing and presenting research to stakeholders and have the ability to produce high quality publications.

Using your high-level communication and interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to work independently and within a team. You will take a collaborative approach to working within a multi-disciplinary research environment that includes the supervision of junior staff.

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.

An international leader in pregnancy and fetal-development research, the Early Origins of Adult Health Research Group (EOAHRG) is involved in a variety of projects looking at how events before birth have an impact on health later in life with funding from agencies such as NHMRC, ARC and CIHR.

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, project summary and to apply, please visit Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and resume only. Please address your cover letter for the role to Amy Ryan, 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 #2348.

Applications close: 11.30pm Sunday 26 July 2020

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.

How to apply:

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