Research Assistant in Medicine

Sydney, Australia
28 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Located at the Northern Clinical School – Kolling Institute
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in research
  • Full-time fixed term for 12 months. Remuneration package: $84K including leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Kolling Institute of Medical Research is the major biomedical research institute at the Royal North Shore Hospital and is a joint venture with the University of Sydney. It has over 200 staff and students in a number of major research divisions. The position is based in the Institute of Bone and Joint Research (IBJR), a division of the Kolling Institute, with laboratories located on level 10 of the Kolling Building.

The Research Assistant provides technical and operational support to the Laboratory Director and Postdoctoral Fellow leading NHMRC and industry-funded projects, investigating the molecular regulation of osteoarthritis joint pathology and pain, and the therapeutic benefit of novel treatment strategies to slow disease progression and ameliorate pain.

Your duties will include preparing relevant materials in collaboration with other research team members, performing and having primary responsibility for specific aspects of the research work, and facilitating the efficient operation of the research laboratory by providing essential technical and operational support. The incumbent will be expected to coordinate the activities associated with research projects, and work towards ensuring that experiments are prepared for and run smoothly. This may also include responsibility for assisting with any lab work performed by students, and preparing equipment for experiments that are carried out.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Research Assistant who possesses:

  • a thorough technical understanding of research in the areas of focus and the ability to undertake research and analysis on specific defined issues
  • tertiary qualifications in appropriate discipline with Honours. Completed postgraduate qualifications (or working towards) will be an added advantage
  • demonstrated experience in animal experiments including knowledge of monitoring and maintaining animal models
  • extensive experience in conducting and reporting on laboratory research projects including carrying out scientific literary searches, and preparing literary review for further analysis
  • an understanding of the relevant aspects of Work Health and Safety Policy
  • excellent interpersonal verbal and written communication skills.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements.

To undertake this position the successful applicant will need to complete a police/criminal check.  

Closing date: 11.30pm 20 August 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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