Research Assistant

at Children's Medical Research Institute
Location Sydney, Australia
Date Posted March 18, 2020
Category Health Care
Job Type Full-time
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Research Assistant Children's Medical Research Institute location Sydney.

Vector & Genome Engineering Facility. Make an important contribution to the health of children through medical research. Work with one of Australia’s most respected national and independent medical research institutes. Located in Westmead, one of Sydney’s and Australia’s major biomedical research hubs.

Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) was Australia’s first dedicated paediatric research facility, and is now one of the world’s most highly regarded independent medical research centres. Our research focuses on the areas of cancer, embryonic development and birth defects, neuroscience and gene therapy, and we have a strong international reputation based on our research outcomes. One of CMRI’s major research programs focuses on telomere biology and DNA damage and repair pathways, and CMRI houses the ACRF Telomere Analysis Centre (ATAC). Research at CMRI is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and committed research and support staff. Our achievements are made possible by a loyal network of community supporters, highly engaged donors and the very successful Jeans for Genes® fundraising campaign.

Applications are invited for the Research Assistant position in the Vector and Genome Engineering Facility. Successful applicant will be involved in fulfilling custom orders of viral vector production and/or genome editing under BSL2/2+ conditions as well as undertaking routine tasks related to the maintenance of the laboratory. The successful candidate will also be responsible for performing basic molecular biology assays including, but not limited to, plasmid and genomic DNA purification, cloning, PCR, qPCR and ddPCR. This appointment is initially for a fixed term of 12 months and continuing tenure is subject to satisfactory performance, the availability of funding and the requirements of research projects within the Unit.

The successful candidates must hold a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants experienced in molecular cloning, adeno associated viral (AAV) vector and lentiviral (LV) vector production, experience working in BSL2/2+ environment, candidates with hands-on experience in viral vector quantification assays (preferentially using droplet digital PCR, ddPCR), and with working knowledge of genome editing technologies. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with both PC and MAC operating systems and proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, is required. Applications are encouraged from enthusiastic and motivated individuals with excellent technical abilities and communication skills.

You will be provided with a competitive remuneration package in accordance with qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include the provision of a Public Benevolent Institution salary packaging scheme and participation in an employer-contributed superannuation fund.