Research Assistant, Stem Cell and Molecular Biology

North Ryde, Australia
From $75,400 $85,728 p.a. (HEW Level 5)
13 May 2022
End of advertisement period
30 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: From $75,400 $85,728 p.a. (HEW Level 5), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full time, fixed term for 12 months.
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Assistant with an interest in stem cell research to provide research support in carrying out stem cell research within the Dementia Research Centre and contribute to the development of new in vitro cell culture models for disease modelling and drug testing.

The successful applicant will be responsible in the planning and conducting of experiments including immunostaining and neuropathological assessment in accordance with scientific standards, assisting with the preparation of research data for presentation and publication, drafting reports and scientific manuscripts as well as contributing to day-to-day laboratory management.

About You

You will be a motivated and organised (preferably experienced) research assistant and bring to the role knowledge of molecular biology principles. You are pro-active and take initiative when completing research project tasks and uses analysis and judgement to evaluate information and data to solve problems and make decisions. Ideally, you will have experience in performing experiments using human embryonic stem cells (hESC) or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), molecular biology experiments, and carrying out imaging work. In addition, you will enjoy working both independently and as part of a team and will be able and actively participate in group analysis work. You will have a strong service and quality focus ensuring high levels of accuracy when completing tasks.

About Us

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

Macquarie University's Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences builds on our aspiration to have the nation's first fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre under a university's leadership. It brings together the excellent work of medical and allied-health clinicians and researchers across the University and around the country, with unparalleled access to world-leading clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus.

The Macquarie Medical School is committed to improving patient health through world-class fundamental and translational medical research. Within the School is the Dementia Research Centre which provides an environment for innovative, interdisciplinary research for dementia and basic neuroscience. The Dementia Research Centre is committed to providing a unique and supportive mentoring program to allow the growth of future leaders for neuroscience research.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we've grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate (2-page maximum) cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in medical science, neuroscience or related discipline.
  • Experience in handling and culturing stem cells like human embryonic stem cells
  • Ability to apply existing theoretical and experimental knowledge to modify, adapt and assist in undertaking molecular biology and statistical evaluation.
  • Experience in undertaking a variety of molecular biology and immunohistochemistry techniques including immunoprecipitation, real-time PCR, Western blotting and other similar molecular biology methods.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Computer skills including MS Office, database management and statistical analysis packages.
  • Experience in fluorescence, confocal and light microscopy (desirable)

For detailed information about the position description, please contact Associate Professor Yazi Ke.

This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with Macquarie University requirements.

Applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

Specific Role Enquiries: Yazi Ke, Associate Professor in Neurobiology on

Applications Close: Monday, 30 May 2022 at 11:55pm (AEST)

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact.

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University.