Research Assistant, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

5 days left

Sydney, Australia
14 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Opportunity to contribute to the research and development of ARC Project "Predictability in evolution: from behaviour to genome"
  • Located on Camperdown Campus – join a community of world-class scientists at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • 1.0 FTE 1 year (or 0.5 FTE 2 years) fixed term contract with a base salary of ~$76K (HEO 5, step 1) plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Research Assistant to join the School of Life and Environmental Sciences / Ecology, Evolution & Conservation to provide research support and expertise for the ARC-funded project “Predictability in evolution: from behaviour to genome”. Under the supervision of the Chief Investigator, the responsibilities of the Research Assistant will include de novo assembly and annotation of insect genomes, performing analyses of comparative genomic data, some molecular biological laboratory work, providing technical and computational assistance to academics and research students collaborating on the project. There will be opportunities for preparing research for publication and for communicating the results of the work at conferences and other scientific outlets.

Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute broadly to the project and participate in a range of tasks such as:

  • performing assembly and annotation of animal genomes
  • undertaking evolutionary genomic, molecular evolutionary, phylogenetic, and comparative genomic analyses
  • designing, developing, implementing and writing up suitable research protocols.
  • obtaining, formatting, and curating scientific data relevant to the goals of the ARC project.
  • collaborating with Australian and international project collaborators.
  • performing some molecular biological lab work where necessary
  • gathering and consolidating data for inclusion in publications and presentations.
  • preparation of figures and tables for publications and presentations.
  • undertaking research work as part of the broader agenda of the Molecular Ecology, Evolution and Phylogenetics research group
  • providing technical and research support to members of the research group involved in the ARC project, including the development and coordination of research activities.
  • providing research administrative support for the work area and research group
  • maintaining research records for the project, including project registers, EndNote libraries, and publication registers.
  • participating in relevant research activities such as workshops, seminars, and lab meetings

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 fora Research Assistant with:

  • tertiary qualification in genomics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, or a closely related fieldwith relevant experience in similarsubject area. May have (or be working towards) completing further studies such as PhD or have extensive specialist experience in the field of research.
  • evidence of independent contributions to scientific or technical outcomes
  • evidence of high level oral and written communicationskills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters
  • demonstrable skills and experience in animal genome assembly and annotation, including programming skills for scientific data analysis (e.g. Python, R)
  • significant skills and experience in evolutionary genomic, phylogenetic, molecular evolutionary and/or bioinformatic analyses
  • demonstrated 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
  • proven ability to design appropriate analyses to address the underlying research question
  • good understanding of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment
  • Ideally the candidate would have some experience with DNA extraction, PCR, and other basic molecular biology skills
  • significant experience in carrying out scientific literature searches
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications

About us

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is a new school at the University of Sydney consisting of staff previously in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Molecular Biosciences, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

Its creation forms a major component of a broader Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences (LEES) program of change that is designed to significantly improve the quality and efficiency of teaching. A key component of the LEES program includes a case to build new infrastructure which supports and enhances the capacity in Life, Earth and Environmental research and teaching. SOLES is divided into three research and teaching themes each with its own leaders. The themes include:

  • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Molecular, Cellular, Microbial, and Biomedical

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 position description 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 1128/0920F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 27 October 2020

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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