Senior Research Technician

Brisbane, Australia
14 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute was established in 2007 as the sixth research institute of The University of Queensland. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. Based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus in Brisbane, the Institute has more than 300 researchers and students who work closely with clinicians in the areas of cancer, immunology and genomic medicine. 

UQDI is the largest partner in TRI, and is building major programs in Immunology, Cancer and Genomic Medicine research, with a particular focus on research aimed at development of new treatments. TRI is an Australian first and will see Australia play a leading role in international efforts to address a wide range of health issues. UQDI itself is an extremely well-equipped translational biomedical research institute, with outstanding facilities for research in animal models of disease including cutting-edge imaging technologies, human cell and molecular biology research in cancer and immunology, microbiology, and genomics research. Its close affiliation with clinical units at Princess Alexandra Hospital provides it with a significant strategic advantage in near-patient, translational research. UQDI is part of The University of Queensland, one of the top Australasian universities, and internationally is ranked in the top 100 universities in all major independent rankings. UQDI academics are part of a vibrant and highly successful academic institution optimising their chances of research success. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the Institute‚Äôs web site at

The role

The successful appointee will be accountable for conducting high quality research using in vitro immunological techniques, including preparation of PBMC and serum, freezing and thawing of cells. This role will also be responsible for the management of the biobank sample storage, retrieval and shipping, and accuracy of the database and storage records, maintain Maintain personal laboratory records, provide technical assistance to other related research projects as directed by the laboratory head. As a member of the research team, the Research Technician will obtain any required training to carry out the tasks required, contribute to a safe and efficient laboratory working environment  and to supervision or training of junior members of laboratory.

This role ensures awareness  and compliance with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken  and relevant regular controls.

The person

Applicants should possess completion of a degree in life sciences and relevant experience in human immunology or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. The successful candidate will have experience in handling biological specimens and infectious agents; experience in cellular human immunology techniques and understanding of basic laboratory safety (such as radiation and chemical toxicity); with experience managing clinical samples. Candidatess will have computer literacy skills using spreadsheets or databases, as well as some basics in statistical analysis and experimental design; excellent record keeping and attention to detail. With the ability to work relatively independently, but as part of a team, with excellent organisational skills that allow for meeting deadlines, have a high level of professionalism; interface with the clinical environment and dry lab researchers.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 12 months at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597.80 - $72,348.94 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 9.5% (total package will be in the range $70,734.59 - $79,222.10 p.a.)

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Ranjeny Thomas on  +61 7 3443 6960 or

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