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Research Associate

Job no: 502328
Work type: full-time
Location: QEII Medical Centre / SCGH
Categories: Health and Medical Sciences

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

  • Full-time, fixed-term (3 year) opportunity
  • Level A.8: $92,497 (plus 17% superannuation)

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the area

You will join the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences based at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins) in Nedlands. With established links across the Western Australia health sector, this Centre provides teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the medical disciplines. A core priority is medical and clinical research and a number of substantial research groups are based in the Centre’s laboratories.

About the opportunity

In this role, you will manage the day-to-day running of the Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies project entitled ‘Development and utilisation of real-time live cell assay technologies and complementary diagnostics to improve profiling of therapeutics’.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Project management, including directing activities of other research personnel (albeit without formal line management responsibility), supervising honours students and co-supervising PhD students
  • Design experiments both for yourself to carry out as well as other laboratory personnel
  • Carry out experiments including but not limited to: mammalian cell culture; transient transfection; use of G protein-coupled receptor molecular pharmacology profiling technologies such as bioluminescence resonance energy transfer, ligand binding assays and secondary messenger assays; cloning, transformation, extraction and analysis of DNA; PCR, sequencing and other general molecular biology experiments
  • Analysis and interpretation of data
  • Reporting of results to your supervisor, the laboratory group, the Centre and/or to the broader research community as appropriate
  • Generation of high quality manuscripts for peer-review publication
  • Generation of industry reports

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent in Molecular Pharmacology.
  • Laboratory/research experience, including: mammalian cell culture; transient transfection; use of G protein-coupled receptor molecular pharmacology profiling technologies such as bioluminescence resonance energy transfer, ligand binding assays and secondary messenger assays; cloning, transformation, extraction and analysis of DNA; PCR, sequencing and other general molecular biology skills.
  • An understanding and appreciation of industry requirements in the context of research and development.
  • Experience supervising honours students and other research personnel.
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills including word processing, excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations, graphing and statistics software such as Prism, referencing and citation software such as EndNote, and DNA and protein sequencing software such as Serial Cloner.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills, demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines, and highly developed written and verbal communication skills.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Applicants should demonstrate they meet the selection criteria by including a Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria specifically and a current CV including full listing of publications and contact information for three (3) professional referees.

Closing date: 18 October 2019

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File UWA CPTT ICPD Position Description.docx

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.

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Applications close: W. Australia Standard Time