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Research Assistant - Cardiovascular

St Leonards
£46092.17 - £51607.71 per annum
Closing date
5 Jan 2024

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Academic Discipline
Education, Social Sciences
Job Type
Professional Services, Research & Innovation
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

  • Exciting opportunity to support a growing research program within the Cardiovascular Discovery Group at the Kolling Institute, Northern Clinical School

  • Opportunity to be a member of a multi-disciplinary team working on a broad research program aimed at improving the detection, management, and novel prevention strategies for better outcomes in cardiovascular disease

  • Full time, Fixed Term for 12 months with possible extension, offering a base salary of $83,384 - $93,362 +17% superannuation

  • Interviews will be held in mid to late January

About the opportunity

The Kolling Institute is a joint venture between The University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Health District. Based in the Royal North Shore Hospital, the institute focuses on three key research priority areas, these include Musculoskeletal, Neuroscience and Pain, and Cardiovascular and Renal research.

The Research Assistant will join the Cardiology Research Group and provide technical support to the research program. You will have the opportunity to work on numerous projects that relate to the discovery of new biomarkers and therapeutic targets-which span cell culture models, preclinical models, immunophenotyping, and human clinical studies. We have two positions available, one which will be based full time at the Kolling Institute supervised by Prof Gemma Figtree and one which will be hybrid at both The Charles Perkins Centre and the Kolling Institute, co-supervised by Prof Gemma Figtree and Dr Helen McGuire.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • prepare relevant materials in collaboration with team members, perform fundamental aspects of research work, and facilitate the efficient operation of the research laboratory by providing essential technical support.

  • coordinate the activities associated with research projects, and work towards ensuring that experiments are prepared for and run smoothly.

  • facilitating the progression of research projects with defined milestones, by carrying out experimental planning in consultation with senior researchers, and being responsible for research execution for designated tasks.

About you

  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using and preparing research protocols, experimental design, laboratory records, inventory, and procurement

  • Previous experience in cell tissue culture and general biomolecular techniques (RNA extraction and protein isolation and quantitation, western blotting, PCR, genotyping, ELISAs etc.). Preclinical animal models, blood processing, and flow cytometry and analytical (e.g. FlowJo software) skills are desirable

  • 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

  • previous experience in a research-intensive environment

  • 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

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

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 reasons for 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.

As this position is located on an NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit:NSW Health employment requirements

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

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or any documents in alternate formats, please contact Deepna Chand, Recruitment Operations on 02 9114 4501or by email to

Note: The university is closed from 23 December 2023 to 7th January 2024. Any inquiries received during this time will be responded to once the university resumes after 8th Jan 2024. Thank you for your patience.

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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Full-time employees: 7616

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