Research Assistant / Research Fellow in Molecular Neurodegeneration

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
20 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job no: 0028418
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Services
Department/School: Biomedical Sciences
Salary: Level A – $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Study neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using advanced proteomics and cell biology approaches in a research team
  • Contribute to cutting-edge research in neurodegeneration alongside a renowned expert, Prof Danny Hatters
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

Explore neurodegeneration with us! As a Research Assistant or Fellow, delve into the impact of misfolded proteins on ALS through cutting-edge techniques. Guided by Prof. Danny Hatters, you'll contribute to groundbreaking research. Join us in the forefront of neurodegenerative disease studies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Plan and execute experiments to achieve research goals
  • Foster teamwork and collaboration within the lab
  • Maintain meticulous experimental records and communicate findings
  • Lead independent research projects, co-supervise students, and contribute to lab activities and funding efforts

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking a candidate that is a proactive problem solver with expertise in molecular biology techniques. You should have a strong commitment to scientific integrity, thrive in collaborative teams, and prioritise safety and ethical standards in the lab.

You will also have:

  • BSc (Hons) or relevant equivalent qualifications/experience
  • Expertise in cloning DNA into vectors, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry or other molecular biology methods
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture

For Research Fellow Appointment: 

  • A PhD or equivalent equivalent qualifications/experience is required for Research Fellow appointment
  • Authorship on at least one peer-reviewed publication (or equivalent)

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology  

The Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne offers an exceptional opportunity to be part of a leading research and teaching environment. With a strong focus on molecular understanding of biology and disease, translational research, drug discovery, and development, our department provides critical mass and interdisciplinary collaboration. As a candidate, you will have access to state-of-the-art technology platforms and the opportunity to make a significant impact on scientific advancements. Join us in our pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and improving human health. 

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara Amini via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 12 October 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0028418_Research Assistant_PD.pdf

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