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Research Assistant / Research Associate / Research Fellow (Level ARA/ARAS/BRF)

Employer
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Location
Adelaide, Australia
Salary
ARA $77,390, ARAS $96,929 or BRF $109,074 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
Closing date
2 Apr 2024
  • Based in the Centre for Cancer Biology at the City West campus
  • Two (2) Full-time, 12-month fixed term contracts
  • Commencement Salary: ARA $77,390, ARAS $96,929 or BRF $109,074 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Roles 

The Research Assistant and the Research Associate will contribute to the research under the broad direction of the Head of the Lymphatic Development Laboratory in order to achieve defined objectives and test stated hypotheses. 

The Research Fellow will implement and conduct high quality scientific research and report on research outcomes in line with research goals and milestones of the Lymphatic Development Laboratory, facilitating collaboration and translation of research findings.

The project involves using a broad range of developmental, cell and molecular biology techniques to understand how the growth, maturation and function of lymphatic vessels is regulated during development and disease.

About UniSA  

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

The Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) is an alliance between the University of South Australia and the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) and is co-located with other cancer-focussed researchers within a purpose-built building in Adelaide’s Biotech and Medical Precinct.  The CCB studies the fundamental causes of cancer in order to find new ways to prevent and treat the disease and is a recognised hub for innovative science leading to breakthrough therapies.  

The Lymphatic Development Laboratory of the CCB undertakes research that aims to understand how the lymphatic vascular network is constructed during development. The Laboratory is interested in identifying and characterising genes that are important for regulating lymphatic vessel growth, maturation and function. By understanding how lymphatic vessel growth and development is normally controlled, they will gain new insight into how this process “goes wrong” in human disease and moreover, will be afforded the opportunity to rationally design novel therapeutics able to block or promote lymphatic vessel growth and/or function and thereby treat human lymphatic vascular disorders. 

Core Responsibilities

Level ARA

  • Undertake research under limited supervision to achieve project grant outcomes using developmental, cell and molecular biology approaches
  • Design and perform a range of experiments including appropriate controls to achieve planned research outcomes
  • Assist in preparing or contributing to the preparation of refereed journal publications, conference and seminar papers arising from the research
  • Under direction from the Director: Centre for Cancer Biology, provide advice to post graduate students in the appointee’s area of expertise
  • Undertake administrative duties associated with relevant research projects, as required, including the preparation of research ethics and other regulatory approvals

 Level ARAS and BRF

  • Contribute to planning of research by participating in planning sessions, offering new ideas on research directions, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information and drafting, completing and submitting ethics and grant applications
  • Contribute to the execution of research by actively participating in the production of data with limited freedom to explore possible new methods and directions, designing experiments, including appropriate controls, according to the planned aims of the research
  • Contribute to the dissemination of new knowledge by drafting reports, abstracts, scientific papers and other instruments providing accounts of research undertaking and the findings observed
  • Contribute to a safe and ethical working environment by complying with biosafety, human ethics, animal ethics, privacy and other appropriate guidelines

Essential Skills and Experience 

Level ARA

  • A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate Science or Engineering area relevant to the research area
  • Experience in developmental, cell and/or molecular biology techniques including histology, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, mammalian cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, protein production and purification, flow cytometry, interrogation of bioinformatics databases, analysis of next generation sequencing data
  • Evidence of high quality research output commensurate with the length of research career, which is published and presented in appropriate forums
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills demonstrated through written work such as research reports, research publications and educational materials, and through effective liaison with external partners, colleagues and students
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team

Level ARAS

  • A postgraduate qualification in developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology or a related discipline
  • Experience in developmental, cell and molecular biology techniques including histology, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, mammalian cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, protein production and purification, flow cytometry, interrogation of bioinformatics databases, analysis of next generation sequencing data
  • Knowledge of scientific and medical terminology relevant to the research project/program
  • Knowledge of biosafety guidelines and procedures
  • Demonstrated participation in relevant areas of research and knowledge of laboratory procedures relevant to the research project/program

Level BRF

  • A PhD in developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology or a related discipline
  • Experience in developmental, cell and molecular biology techniques including histology, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, mammalian cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, protein production and purification, flow cytometry, interrogation of bioinformatics databases, analysis of next generation sequencing data
  • Experience, as judged by grants and publications, in relevant areas of research and a substantial knowledge of laboratory procedures relevant to the research project/s
  • Demonstrated experience in recording, analysing, presenting and disseminating research to stakeholders including competency in the preparation of papers for high quality publications or posters for conference presentations
  • Demonstrated previous experience and competency in the management of research projects, collaborations and research governance

Benefits

Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as: 

  • Access to great personal development opportunities 
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17% 
  • Flexible working conditions 
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees 
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on-site gym membership 

Culture 

As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment.  Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

Start Your Unstoppable Career!  

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.  

Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Consultant: Recruitment Central.  For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at recruitment@unisa.edu.au using job reference number 5912.

Applications close: 11:30 pm Tuesday 2 April 2024

Pursuant to the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011, any appointment to this position must comply with the requirements of the Act. 

Appointment is subject to a satisfactory National Police Check (NPC) being obtained and maintained. 

CLICK HERE to access a copy of the Level ARA Position Description

CLICK HERE to access a copy of the Level ARAS Position Description

CLICK HERE to access a copy of the Level BRF Position Description

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

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UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

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