Research Assistant in Biological Science

St Lucia, Australia
$62,716.31 - $70,241.69
02 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is a leading global life sciences research institute committed to improving quality of life through research. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ's first research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia.

The Institute is home to more than 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff from more than 40 countries who work in partnership with their academic, industry and clinical colleagues around the world to advance knowledge in areas including pain, rare diseases, inflammation, superbug infection, cardiovascular disease, environmental research, drug discovery and development, cancer, diabetes and obesity, and reproductive health. Our mission is to drive the bioeconomy and create better health; our vision is to be a life sciences institute with global impact.

The Program in Complex Trait Genomics (website: is a joint initiative between the Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB) and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). Physically located in IMB, the broad research focus is towards a better understanding of complex traits and disorders, including psychiatric and neurological disorders. A key research strength is the development of underpinning computational and statistical analysis methods.  

IMB's research outcomes are protected and commercialised by UQ-owned technology transfer group UniQuest.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's website at:

The role

The successful appointee will have duties which involve biological sample preparation encompassing procedures from whole blood processing to genomic DNA and RNA extraction, quantification, genotyping and methylation assays and quality control monitoring for all procedures.  General laboratory duties (stock auditing, solution preparation and waste disposal) and assisting with project coordination will be expected.

The person

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in Biological Science. You should also have the ability to follow protocols and instructions and experience in working in the field of molecular biology, especially with performing common laboratory protocols using DNA and/or RNA. Applicants should have the ability to learn new procedures and techniques, high attention to detail, ability to work independently, efficiently and as part of a team.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at: 

Applications are also encouraged from women.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


This is a full-time, fixed term for 2 years appointment at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $62,716 – $70,241 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $73,378- $84,082 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Leanne Wallace on +61 7 334 66429 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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