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Research Assistant

Adelaide, Australia
$77,686 - $85,736 p.a.
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Position Details

  • Fixed Term Until February 2026 | Part-Time at 0.8FTE
  • Higher Education Officer Level 5 | $77,686 - $85,736 p.a.
  • Location: Flinders Medical Centre / Kaurna Country  
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About the College of Medicine and Public Health

At the College of Medicine and Public Health, we deliver clinical, population and lab-based research, integrated teaching programs and high-quality clinical services. Our footprint reaches out from our world class teaching hospital at the Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia to multiple rural clinical locations all the way to Darwin in the Northern Territory. Our research and teaching equip the next generation of leaders and innovators with the skill, commitment, and vision to protect vulnerable communities and truly advance health outcomes. It is at the heart of everything we do.

About the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute

Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) is a proud leader in life-changing medical and health research in Australia. We are working on some of medicine's greatest unknowns and are leading new discoveries with the bold ambition of eliminating disease and improving the health of all global citizens.

To do this, FHMRI brings together world-leading, innovative, and inspiring research experts. We work with health practitioners, patients and with one of the largest networks of remote and rural community partnerships to better understand and seek solutions to the most pressing health and medical needs.

About the Role

The Research Assistant will provide research support to academic staff in the Respiratory and Dust Diseases Associated Research Group, within the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute.

This role involves the processing of human biospecimens, in line with established protocols, and the banking of samples. The Research Assistant will be required to maintain confidentiality of patient data and conduct this work while adhering to ethical and regulatory requirements. Attention to detail in the conduct of experiments as well as recording of research data will be required. The incumbent will plan (with senior researchers) and execute laboratory-based experiments, as well as collect, analyse, and prepare data for presentations and publication.

About You

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate:

  • Bachelor’s degree in laboratory science/biotechnology/immunology or closely related field, or relevant experience
  • Evidence of experience with mammalian cell culture and the handling of human biospecimens
  • Advanced knowledge of flow cytometry, including high-parameter phenotyping, proliferation and cell apoptosis/death assays
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis, and preparation of data for presentations and publication
  • An understanding of the ethical and regulatory requirements of working with clinical samples and the requirement for maintaining confidentiality.

Life at Flinders

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care servicesgym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia).

Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous Employment

Flinders University is proud to be an organisation that is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Workforce Strategy. Our vision is to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We are committed to progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment, and wellbeing, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all Flinders vacancies.

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

How to Apply and Information


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

05 Mar 2024

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.

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