Technical Assistant

Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Australia
$61,552 - $65,326 p.a.
13 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Medicine, Austin Health
Melbourne Medical School
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences

Salary: $61,552 - $65,326 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation

The Epilepsy Research Centre is based in the Department of Medicine at the Austin Hospital and Melbourne Brain Centre. Professor Samuel Berkovic and Professor Ingrid Scheffer began this research 25 years ago and their team continues to grow with both clinical and molecular genetic researchers.  Dr Michael Hildebrand leads the molecular genetics laboratory.  Broad research aims of the group include gene discovery and development of gene tests to diagnose epilepsies in children and adults, as well as to provide targets for development of new therapeutics.

The Epilepsy Research Centre continues to actively recruit participants; over 20,000 participants have been enrolled to date. The storage of biological samples from these participants, the recording of detailed personal, clinical and genetic data, and the integrity of these processes, is critical to the success of each research effort undertaken. 

The appointee will be responsible for the validity and integrity of all research data entered into the centralised database.  This will include meticulous data entry; including clinical data, recording of DNA samples; and ensuring genetic results are entered as complete and accurate.  The appointee will register or oversee registration of all biological samples and manage the storage of DNA samples in the laboratory.  The appointee will assist with different molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR etc. They will coordinate outgoing sample shipments requiring daily communication within and between both the clinical and molecular genetic teams and national and international collaborators. The appointee will keep accurate records of all tasks performed.

The appointee will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and development of the centralised database to accommodate needs of both the clinical and molecular genetic research teams. They will act as a key 'link' between the two facets of the program. This will require liaising with other staff members and using problem solving skills to complete data entries or resolve inconsistencies, and to ensure all relevant paperwork is filed appropriately. They will contribute to the design and implementation of improved processes and be involved in quality control processes.

The appointee will provide technical and laboratory support to senior researchers as required and assist with ordering general laboratory supplies and maintaining the laboratory.

Close date:  27 Mar 2017

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