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Research Assistant, The Advanced Genomics Consortium (TAGC) project

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258- $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

Job Details

Job no: 0060623
Location: Parkville (The Royal Women’s Hospital)
Role type: Part-time (0.8 FTE); Fixed-term for two years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Newborn Health
Salary: Level A – $80,258- $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Perform lab-based experiments and provide technical and research support at the Royal Women’s Hospital.
  • Foster the development of world-leading genomics research.
  • 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

This role will contribute to the University of Melbourne's partnership with international genomics company Illumina.  

The Research Assistant for The Advanced Genomics Consortium (TAGC) project, “Improving women's health outcomes through genomics”, will undertake general laboratory duties including sample collection from operating theatres in support of a large genomics-based tissue bank project. The position is based at The Royal Women’s Hospital University Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Newborn Health, and reports to the Program Manager and Professor Peter Rogers (the Principal Investigator).

The position is responsible for working with multiple clinical and non-clinical team members to help with tissue collection and processing for a large tissue bank.

Tasks include:

  • Ensuring tissue samples are retrieved from operating theatre and processed in the laboratory from subjects who give consent for their tissues to be collected for the tissue bank.
  • Work cooperatively with the Tissue Bank Manager and Data Manager, as well as other team members, to ensure efficient collection and processing of tissue samples.
  • Process samples in the laboratory including RNA extraction.

Who We Are Looking For

You should possess a proven capability to contribute to both independent and team-based research, along with a demonstrated skill in articulating scholarly research through group presentations or forums.

You will also have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of medical or biological science.
  • Demonstrated experience in a PC2 biological laboratory and sound knowledge of human biology.
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to contribute to independent and team-based research.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply research methodologies (including immunohistochemistry, protein/RNA/DNA extraction, qRT-PCR, cell and tissue culture) and quantitative/qualitative data analysis.

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

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

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

Your New Team – Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Newborn Health

The University Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Newborn Health’s  vision is to be a globally recognised centre of excellence in academic Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Neonatal Paediatrics, with a mission to provide high-quality academic services in clinical, educational, and research activities, primarily in its major centres, the Royal Women's Hospital and the Mercy Hospital for Women. The department has a strong research focus in areas such as maternal foetal medicine, neonatal paediatrics, women's health, infectious diseases, gynaecological oncology, and reproductive biology. 

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
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found 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 Katie Robertson 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: 7 December 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: 0060623_Research Assistant_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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