Research Associate

St Leonards, Australia
$79,784 + 17% superannuation
23 May 2023
End of advertisement period
06 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed term until December 2023
  • Focus on Cancer Research
  • Base Salary from $79,784 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Medical Sciences is recognised as one of the leading centres for medical science education in the world. With over 100 years of excellence in education, we are proud to be training the next generation of medical scientists who will be leading members of the medical research community with an innovative integrated curriculum. Our team of researchers lead key internationally competitive research from molecules to medicines, from patient to policy across a range of therapeutic areas.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Research Associate in Cancer Stem Cell Research.

The main focus of the Cancer and Stem Cell Laboratory is to study how normal stem cells are transformed into cancer stem cells and to develop effective new therapies that specifically target and destroy cancer stem cells. These cells, which are often resistant to chemotherapy, are now believed to be the engine driving the growth of cancer and the root cause of treatment resistance and relapse. The research role you will be working in focuses on cancer stem cell research, specifically working on animal models, preclinical drug testing, molecular/cell biology, and organizing laboratory inventories and orders.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • contribute to high quality publications
  • achieve an outstanding level of competence in all aspects of experimental work
  • assist with planning and coordination of research efforts
  • manage laboratory orders and inventories
  • present research data at conferences, seminars and lab meetings
  • trains, supervises and guides junior employees & students on a day-to-day basis
  • comply with regulatory guidelines (including OGTR and ethics) and Institute policies
  • participation in weekend and public holiday work where it is required
  • travel between the university facilities if needed.

About you

  • an Honours or equivalent in a relevant scientific or medical field for Research Assistant
  • prior experience in animal disease models is highly desired
  • demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently or with minimal supervision
  • demonstrated ability to generate reproducible, high quality research results
  • demonstrated ability to develop new techniques and use the latest technology in research projects
  • demonstrated commitment to conducting experiments involving animals & GMO's under strict ethical and regulatory guidelines.

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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

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Tuesday 06 June 2023 11:59 PM

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