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Research Assistant - Connie Johnson Breast Cancer Research Laboratory

Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Job Location
384 Victoria St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Job Description

The Garvan Institute is a leading multi-disciplinary biomedical research institute in Darlinghurst, Sydney. With some of the brightest scientific minds and best technologies on the planet, we see the big picture of health and disease. Our researchers harness all the information of the genome to better predict, diagnose, prevent and treat disease — to realise our vision of a future where everyone lives longer, healthier lives.

Garvan’s mission is to make significant contributions to medical research that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health. Its research encompasses bone biology, cancer, diabetes and metabolism, genomics and epigenetics, immunology, and neuroscience. These research activities are organised within four encompassing research themes: Cancer, Genomics, Aging Diseases, Immunity & Inflammatory Diseases, and two major Centres: the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics and the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics.

The Connie Johnson Breast Cancer Research Laboratory led by A/Prof Elgene Lim performs clinically focussed laboratory research with an emphasis on hormone receptor-driven breast cancer.  

The Opportunity

The Research Assistant is accountable - under supervision - for conducting experiments within his/her Research Division. They will also be responsible for managing the breast cancer biobank. This involves consenting patients for tissue collection, banking tissue from St Vincent’s Hospital and performing experiments in the laboratory. The position will be full time for one year in the first instance. 

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Manage the breast cancer biobank database
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including clinical staff and patients, to facilitate the collection of tissues and other patient samples for the biobank project
  • Conduct experimental procedures in the lab as part of the overall scientific programme of the research group
  • Record experimental procedures and results
  • Regularly attend meetings with the research group and wider Research Division community as required
  • Be involved in junior lab responsibilities such as:
    • Store duties, wash-up and cleaning of shared rooms;
    • Stock control, monitoring and ordering consumables under supervision
  • Responsible for imparting knowledge in relation to skills or experimental expertise
  • Other duties as assigned. 

About You

In order to be successful in this position, you will demonstrate the following key skills and attributes:

  • Either a PhD or level 5 RA wet-lab research experience
  • Bachelors’ Degree (preferably with honours) or equivalent in Science, Medicine or Allied Health
  • Familiarity with medical and scientific terminology
  • Experience planning and implementing experimental procedures in a biomedical research context
  • High level interpersonal skills
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Competent computer skills (Excel, Word & PowerPoint) 

Highly desirable:

  • Previous biobanking experience
  • Experience with using database software
  • Familiarity with cell and molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in a molecular biology laboratory
  • Experience working with laboratory animal models
How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit your application with a CV, a cover letter and copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts. The position will remain open until filled. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.

Only applicants with full working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

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