Research Officer

Position available in the Cytoskeleton and Motors Group

  • Employment Type:  Full Time 35 hours per week
  • Duration: Fixed term for 12 months
  • Remuneration: $91,472-$97,579 + 17% Superannuation
  • Location: Kensington, NSW

Why Your Role Matters:

As Research Officer within the Single Molecule Science Lab, you will provide technical and research assistance to senior research staff in activities associated with various research projects, including the contribution and application of knowledge in the field of cytoskeleton and motor protein biology.

The Research Officer will play a key role in supporting research projects as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the area of areas of, but not limited to: CRISPR-based gene editing; RNAi based manipulations; fluorescence microscopy; cloning and preparation of DNA constructs; general molecular biology and biochemistry-based experiments (including Western blotting); culturing of mammalian cells and their transfection; routine lab maintenance tasks (including aliquoting, media and buffer preparations, ordering, stocking, inventory, website).

The Research Officer role reports to the EMBL Australia Group Leader supporting Single Molecule Science, Faculty of Medicine and has no direct reports.

Who You Are:

To be successful you must have:

  • A degree in the life sciences or related discipline, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through a combination of education, training or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with CRISPR-Cas9-based gene editing in mammalian cell lines.
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture maintenance and transfection.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete routine lab maintenance tasks, including media and buffer preparations, aliquoting and proven knowledge of lab safety procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing routine research work with high accuracy and repeatability, to deliver high quality data on a daily basis.
  • Demonstrated experience in accurate and complete record keeping.
  • Experience in fluorescence microscopy is desirable.
  • High level of computer literacy.
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal communication skills to initiate and maintain effective stakeholder relationships whilst exercising discretion and confidentiality.
  • Excellent time management skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines by using judgement and initiative.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail and the ability to liaise effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

Further details can be found in a copy of the Position Description or via JOBS@UNSW.

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How to Apply:

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Make It Matter… Submit your application online before 11.55pm on Sunday 14th August 2022 (AEST), the extented deadline

(Please note applicants must have full working rights in Australia)

Get in Touch:

Michelle Cartwright,

Manager, EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science

Please note applications sent directly to the contact above cannot be accepted.


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