Research Assistant

Melbourne, Australia
$75,289 – $102,163 per annum plus 17% super
13 May 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicing, Dentistry, and Health Science
Department/School: Department Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences
Salary: Research Assistant Grade 2 – $75,289 – $102,163 per annum plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the School of Biomedical Science

The School of Biomedical Sciences is one of the most prominent and diverse Schools in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences and is comprised of three Departments - Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and Microbiology and Immunology.

The School is situated on the University’s Parkville Campus and is part of the largest biomedical precinct in the southern hemisphere, providing access to world class research facilities for staff and students.

The School fosters a values-based culture of innovation and creativity to achieve research and teaching excellence.

About the Role

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to join the research program of Prof James McCluskey within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute. The McCluskey Lab aims to understand the biology of a specialised T cell subset, MR1-reactive T cells, and their potential to modulate our immunity.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Zhenjun Chen, and independently alongside other lab members, across a range of projects. The position includes human research using PBMCs, some mouse work, data analysis and presentation, routine lab maintenance tasks and supporting other staff & student training.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Contribute to the laboratory’s research program focussing on understanding the biology and potential therapeutic application of MR1-reactive-T cells
  • Independently plan and carry out experiments accurately and reproducibly, focused on completion of research project aims to meet agreed timelines and milestones
  • Work closely with supervisors and collaborators to ensure timely and efficient progress towards project aims 

About You

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, enabling you to be an effective member of a collaborative research team. You are able to undertake the administrative duties that relate to the management of both the research laboratory and department, and will have the desire to learn the required technical skills/aseptic techniques to support this, along with a willingness to perform experimentation on mice. You are able to adhere to the principles of good laboratory practices.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • BSc (Honours) degree or equivalent with a major in Immunology, Microbiology or a related discipline
  • Ability to work with senior researchers and help design, perform and analyse experiments in a timely manner
  • Strong organisation skills and accurate recording and analysis of data generated from research undertaken

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

Position Description

Applications close: 11 Jun 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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