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Research Associate

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$76,686 – $ 103,202 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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  • Level A, full-time, fixed-term appointment till 30 December 2025
  • Base salary range: $76,686 – $ 103,202 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

This position is based within the Laboratory Targeted Drug Delivery Imaging & Therapy, led by Associate Professor Juliana Hamzah and is part of the UWA Centre for Medical Research within Health and Medical Sciences, based at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins) in Nedlands.

About the opportunity

As the appointee, you will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, cell biologists, physiologists, chemists and imaging specialists. You will gain expertise in a diverse range of methods encompassing material science, chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent in material science, chemistry, nanotechnology, pharmacology or related fields
  • Strong research background in nanomaterial synthesis, functionalisation and nanomedicines
  • Strong research background in drug delivery systems
  • Highly experienced in preclinical studies using animal models, primary cells and cell lines
  • Experienced in imaging studies including microscopic imaging and electron microscopy (TEM and Cryo TEM)
  • Demonstrated capacity to form hypotheses, test them and follow through to draft and publish papers in any of the above areas.
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team.
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and maintenance of highly accurate and comprehensive records
  • The ability to supervise research assistants and students
  • Experience in tissue histology, including immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence techniques, and pathological analysis is desirable
  • Experience in developing and troubleshooting new assays is desirable

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:  Position Description [Research Associate] [517472}.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Thursday, 20 June 2024

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

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