Research Assistant

The Opportunity

The Systems Vaccinology Team, led by Professor Tobias Kollmann, is dedicated to providing better protection against infectious diseases, especially in newborns. Our team uses state-of-the-art laboratory technology and bioinformatic approaches (including artificial intelligence) – a combination known as “systems biology” – to determine how the immune system responds to infection or vaccination.

We are looking for someone to provide laboratory support for a research program that investigates how the newborn immune system fights back against sepsis, which is a leading cause of neonatal death in low resource populations. We seek to understand how changes in newborn metabolism impact this immune response to infection.

At the Telethon Kids Institute, we are bringing together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, to improve the health and well-being of children and young people

The Role

Reporting to the Senior Research Officer you will perform laboratory work within a research program investigating the mechanisms of neonatal sepsis in a mouse model. Your previous laboratory experience working with mouse models and your flexible approach to your work will make you an ideal candidate for this position.

This is a part-time opportunity (0.5FTE) for 6 months. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Specifically, you will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in the completion of time-course experiments using a mouse model.
  • Assessing metabolic changes in a mouse model using a Metabolic Chamber.
  • Delivering reliable data from laboratory experiments completed alone or as part of a team.
  • Performing duties in accordance with the Ethics Approval granted for this research program.

Your Experience

  • Bachelor of Science or similar tertiary qualification
  • Previous laboratory experience including working with mouse models.
  • Ability to work flexible hours – it is anticipated that this position will require after-hours work once a week.
  • Ability to work productively unsupervised and as part of a team.
  • Flow cytometry experience is desirable but not essential

Our Culture

Our aim is to create a workplace where people are respected and encouraged to fulfil their potential. We encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to acquire knowledge and enhance skills; we embrace all employee differences and foster a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

We value our people and in return, you will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package and as a not-for-profit this includes salary packaging of up to $15, 899 (increases your take home pay!) and the opportunity to be part of a long-standing organisation.

We offer excellent training and development opportunities and generous staff benefits including flexible working conditions, Institute paid parental leave, Christmas shutdown (extra annual leave), social activities and a health and wellbeing program.

How to Apply

If you think that this is the right role and an exciting new challenge for you, please click on 'Apply Now' to navigate to our Career Site to view the Job Description and submit your application (CV and covering letter).

Your cover letter (no more than 2 pages) should specifically address your skills and experience outlined in the “About You” section above.

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For more information about the role please contact Elysia Hollams

Contact Name: Elysia Hollams

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Closing Date: 26/11/2020