Research Assistant in Medical Science

Sydney, Australia
05 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

In Macquarie’s newly established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences you’ll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

The Role

Seeking a Research Assistant to contribute to a research project to treat different experimental models of motor neuron disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) with novel treatments to aid the translation of findings towards a treatment for the debilitating disease. Motor neuron disease is a neurodegenerative disease that causes impaired movement, leading to paralysis and eventually death.

Under supervision from the principal researcher, the key accountabilities of the role will be to:

  • Assist with behavioural testing, drug treatment testing and image studies on zebrafish
  • Perform cell culture experiments inducing drug testing studies
  • Undertake a variety of molecular and cellular biology research techniques
  • Assist with data management and analysis, including analysis and report preparation
  • Update and maintain databases for project samples and data
  • Contribute to day-to-day laboratory management

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, the applicant should address the requirements listed below in a 1 - 2 page cover letter and submit it along with a current CV via the Macquarie University online recruitment system.

  • Currently completing or recent graduate of an undergraduate degree or equivalent in medical science or related discipline.
  • Exposure to molecular and cellular biology techniques e.g. injections and microscope imaging, preferably with the use of zebrafish and cell culture models.
  • Working in a research laboratory.
  • Knowledge of cellular biology and protein chemistry techniques including Western blotting, immunocytochemistry and microscopy.
  • Ability to conduct literature searchers.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with team members.

Salary Package: From $63,882 to $68,850 p.a. (HEW Level 4), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. 

Appointment Type: full-time, 12 months fixed-term

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Angela Laird at

General Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic at

Applications Close: 11:55pm on Sunday, 18 February 2018

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.