First listed on: 09 August 2017

Research Assistant 

Sydney Medical School
Reference no. 1534/0717

  • Support research activities of the Forefront Research Group
  • Full-time fixed term for 12 months. Located at the Brain and Mind Centre, Camperdown
  • Remuneration package: $86K which includes a base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

The ForeFront Research Group at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney is committed to identifying earlier detection of and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, and to understand their underlying disease mechanisms. To achieve this, ForeFront conducts research studies across a number of research clinics and laboratories that generate diverse datasets stored in a variety of databases.

At present these datasets are not held in appropriate University of Sydney data storage sites, and are not readily accessible. This position is to assist with data transfers and quality assurance of data, as well as to assist in preparing data for adequate analyses.

Reporting to Professor Glenda Halliday, we are seeking a Research Assistant who will be responsible for providing technical and operational support to the team and perform the research activity for the work area. You will assist with neuropathological research on neurodegenerative disorders which includes preparing relevant materials in collaboration with team members, performing fundamental aspects of research work, and facilitating the efficient operation of the research laboratory by providing essential technical and operational support.

The incumbent will be expected to coordinate the activities associated with research projects, and work towards ensuring that experiments and related activities are prepared for and run smoothly. When working in a laboratory, this may also include responsibility for any lab work carried out by students, providing teaching support and preparing equipment for experiments that are carried out.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Research Assistant who possesses:

  • tertiary qualifications with Honours in a relevant field of science (e.g. Neuropathology, Neurodegeneration diseases, Ageing, Neuroanatomy)
  • a thorough technical understanding of research in the areas of focus and the ability to undertake research and analysis on specific defined issues
  • some experience in animal experiments including knowledge of monitoring and maintaining animal models and surgery
  • demonstrated skills and experience in protein and DNA extractions
  • extensive experience in conducting and reporting on laboratory research projects including carrying out scientific literary searches, and preparing literary review for further analysis
  • well-developed analytical skills, a genuine passion for data, keen eye for detail and an ongoing commitment to accuracy
  • the ability to work in a complex and challenging environment.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 5pm 24 August 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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