First listed on: 12 June 2018

Research Assistant 

School of Life and Environmental Science
Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology Cluster
Faculty of ScienceReference no. 920/0518F

  • Opportunity to provide technical support in the laboratory support to research work
  • Full-time Fixed Term 2 Years, Located at Camperdown Campus
  • Base Salary: $65,973 p.a. Level 4, plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity 

Reporting to the Chair in Metabolic Systems Biology, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical support in the laboratory including general maintenance and cleaning of laboratory equipment, routine monitoring of research animals, preparing test samples and experiments, and assisting with carrying out physiological experiments in mice and biochemical experiments from tissues.

About you

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

  • Has completed relevant training and is certified to work in a laboratory.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, with proven ability to apply theoretical knowledge and techniques to meet the key accountabilities.
  • Ensures laboratory is compliant with Workplace Health and Safety requirements.

Although not essential experience in mass spectrometry would be highly desirable.

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for a detailed Position Description. To be considered, it is essential that you upload a resume and address the online selection criteria.

About us

The Faculty of Science is one of six faculties operating within the University and includes the Schools of Chemistry, Geosciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychology, the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science. The School of Chemistry is a very large research active school comprising over 30 full time academic staff and approximately 100 research staff, 100 research students and 34 technical, professional and administrative staff. It administers and delivers undergraduate teaching for approx. 2500 students.

This position will be administered by the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) within the

faculty of Science but based in the Charles Perkins Centre. The Charles Perkins Centre aims to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by generating collaborative interdisciplinary research and education that translates into real-world solutions. The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is a new School consisting of staff previously in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Molecular Biosciences, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, and forms part of the Division of Natural Sciences (DNS). The DNS enrolled 6,177 undergraduate students, 1,129 postgraduate students and 1,108 international full fee paying students (u/g and p/g) in 2014. The School has reporting lines to the Dean of each of the three faculties for line management of the Head, and the management of the School should be in liaison with the Division Board.  The creation of SOLES is a major component of the broader Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LEES) program designed to significantly improve the quality and efficiency of teaching and build new infrastructure to support and enhance capacity in research and teaching. It is a large School divided into five research and teaching clusters each with its own Chair.

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 920/0518F to apply.


Closing date: 11:30pm 25 June 2018

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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