Research Assistant or Research Associate: Gene Regulation Section

Adelaide, Australia
$63,817 - $86,606 per annum
17 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the role

Under the broad direction of the Section Head of the Gene Regulation Section, this position will undertake research activities relating to the functions that microRNAs and circular RNAs have in cancer cells.

The level of appointment will depend on qualifications and experience.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have an honours degree or PhD in a cell/molecular biology-related discipline coupled with demonstrated experience in the recording and analysis of research results, contributing to research publications and preparing written communications.

Strong computer skills including experience in all programs within the Microsoft Office Suite and high-level organisation and interpersonal skills are essential for this position.

A University of Enterprise

The University of South Australia provides an exciting and dynamic environment for teaching and research that continually extends the boundaries of knowledge and its application. UniSA is committed to the creation and application of knowledge and is recognized internationally for its high quality applied and fundamental research.

The Gene Regulation Section undertakes research into the triggers that cause cancer cells to become metastatic and migrate away from the primary tumour. Having discovered the link between the miR-200 family of microRNAs and the epithelial to mesenchymal transition process, the section is examining the mechanisms that control production and loss of the microRNAs; identifying the gene targets of the microRNAs; examining human tumours for involvement of the microRNAs in invasion and metastasis and using in vitro and in vivo models to identify the pathways through which they operate. The laboratory also examines the role of circRNAs and the regulation of alternative splicing in these contexts.

Benefits on offer

At UniSA, we seek to enrich people’s lives through the creation and application of knowledge.  Our staff love to be a part of an organisational culture that promotes a strong commitment to educating professionals, sharing knowledge, and engaging with our communities.

We offer a competitive remuneration package and we have a family friendly approach to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance.

Lodging your application

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. Applicants are required to submit a CV and cover letter only for this role.  For further information, please contact Miranda McDonald, Senior Recruitment Consultant on (08) 8302 1777 or via email at

Applications close: 9.00am Monday 12 December 2016

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

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Important Information:

In addition to your salary, the University will make employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% of salary on your behalf. The amount of superannuation you are entitled to will depend on the nature of your employment. This can be clarified during the recruitment process. You will also be entitled to annual leave loading. See more benefits of working for UniSA

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