Senior Research Assistant in Medical Science
SCHOOL OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
$67,861 - $75,762 (HEW 5)
FULL TIME, FIXED TERM (12 MONTHS)
Australia has one of the highest incidences of melanoma in the world. Melanoma is also the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15-39 and the most common cancer related cause of death in young males. Once melanoma has metastasised it is extremely difficult to treat. Research to prevent metastasis by early detection of tumour spread is vitally important.
The ECU Melanoma Research Group, within the School of Medical and Health Sciences has internationally recognised expertise in the quantification and characterisation of blood based biomarkers, including circulating tumour cells and circulating tumour DNA, to guide treatment selection, monitor response and inform treatment decisions in melanoma patients.
The Senior Research Assistant role is located within the ECU Melanoma Research Group and is responsible for the provision of research support to the Group including conducting laboratory based experiments and participating in the drafting of reports, research papers and contributions to journal articles.
- Strict adherence to study protocols;
- Be proficient in sample analysis using molecular techniques
- Sourcing new and innovative ways to improve techniques within the laboratory
- Patient, clinical and experimental data entry with accuracy into a database;
- Maintaining, auditing and implementing changes to sample tracking database;
- Contributing to the writing of standard operating procedures and other manuals; and
- Working with liquid nitrogen, using sterile techniques and maintaining a sterile laboratory environment.
Skills and Experience
- A University degree in science, applied science, health or a health related discipline;
- Strong attention to detail;
- Understanding of good laboratory practice guidelines;
- Ability to carry out duties under supervision as well as autonomously;
- Ability to troubleshoot methodologies independently;
- Excellent computer skills;
- Excellent data entry skills;
- Ability to accurately maintain data and an interest in supporting research activity;
- Good writing skills;
- Previous laboratory experience including blood processing, cell culture and sterile technique;
- Experience on basic molecular biology techniques;
- Experience in immunoassays (i.e. ICC, IHC, flow cytometry); and
- Evidence of experience in a similar role.
It will be a requirement for this role to have a pre-employment medical assessment.
You will also demonstrate personal attributes that are congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence.
Benefits & Remuneration
This full time fixed-term position attracts remuneration of $67,861 - $75,762pa plus 9.5% University superannuation contribution.
For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our Future Staff website.
Interested applicants are welcome to call Dr Elin Gray on 08 6304 2756 for more information.
How to Apply
Please upload your resume along with a statement addressing the skills and experience outlined above. Position Description attached for role context.
Applications close on Sunday 24 September 2017 at 11:30pm WST.
PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM CANDIDATES WHO HAVE THE RELEVANT WORKING RIGHTS TO FILL THIS POSITION.
ECU is diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds.