Research Assistant for Islet Biology and Metabolism Lab

Sydney, Australia
$78,077 + 17% superannuation
17 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time fixed term for 12 months
  • Utilise your laboratory experience and islet biology expertise to assist with the running of trials
  • Base Salary $78,077 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Medical Sciences explores the intricate science behind the human body and the causes and treatments of dieses. Our school contributes a wide range of courses in Medicine, Science, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Produces high-impact research across a range of themes, including Neuroscience, Chronic Diseases, Education Innovation, Infection Immunity & Inflammation, Molecular Bioscience, Musculoskeletal Science, Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health; and plays a key part in the Brain and Mind Centre.

We are seeking a Research Assistant for Islet Biology and Metabolism Lab to utilise their knowledge and skills to support scientific research in the work area via an NHMRC Ideas grant funded project investigating the role of novel proteins in insulin secretory granule biogenesis. This includes preparing relevant materials in collaboration with team members, performing fundamental aspects of research work, and facilitating the efficient operation of the research laboratory by providing essential technical and operational support. The research group's interests are related to the regulation of pancreatic beta-cell function and its dysregulation during the development of type 2 diabetes. The group aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of insulin production and secretion during health and metabolic disease. The research assistance will contribute to and support projects investigating the regulation of insulin secretion in health and in models of type 2 diabetes using a combination of cell and mouse models. Techniques such as cell culture, pancreatic islet isolation and culture, electron and fluorescence microscopy, hormone secretion assays, western blotting, RT-PCR and mass spectrometry will be used.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • assist with the design, development, and documentation of suitable research protocol
  • ensure that research protocols are adhered to, and report any adjustments that might be necessary
  • provide guidance and/or advice on regulations, policies and procedures in relation to research project undertaken.

About you

To be successful in this role, you have:

  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters
  • the 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
  • strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • experience in carrying out scientific literary searches, and preparing literary reviews for further analysis
  • advanced skills data analysis, using statistical analysis tools, and reporting on research findings
  • working understanding of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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How to apply

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