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Research Assistant

  • Alfred Health
  • Closes in 6 days
    Published on 8 Jul 2019
  • Job no: 21590
  • Categories: Research, Other Research

Alfred Health

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.

The Department

The Department of Infectious Diseases at the Alfred Hospital is one of the largest and most comprehensive infectious diseases clinical services in the country. It is also an academic Department within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Central Clinical School, Monash University and is a premier centre for clinical and biomedical research and education. We are geographically located within a vibrant Alfred Medical Research Precinct, which provides a seamless transition between clinical care, research and education. In collaboration with other Monash Partners, we have recently been named as one of four Academic Health Science Centres by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

The Role

A Research Assistant is required to support the research activities of the Holt Laboratory based at the Monash University Central Clinical School Department of Infectious Diseases. This is a computational genomics and microbial sequencing research group whose focus is the application of genomics to problems in infectious disease, such as antimicrobial resistance, pathogen transmission and the human microbiome. For more information about the scope of research in the group see

The Research Assistant will perform a range of complex research activities that play a critical role in supporting the delivery of research program outcomes. This includes microbiological culture and identification; the preparation of high-quality sequencing libraries; the active development and improvement of novel library preparation methods; the design of novel extraction and amplification protocols; and the handling and primary preparation of generated sequencing data.

The Research Assistant will report to the research group’s Research Laboratory Manager. They will also work closely with other researchers, staff and students to understand the research requirements; and operate with excellence in process and judgement to provide efficient research services in accordance with research protocols and standards.


  • Experience with proper handling of DNA/RNA samples, including quantification, size and purity assessments
  • Experience with the implementation of known molecular biology protocols (experience of novel protocol development preferred)
  • Ability to problem solve by using discretion, innovation and the of exercise diagnostic skills and/or expertise
  • Well-developed planning and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise multiple tasks and set and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills



This role offers the chance to work flexibly within a dynamic and supportive academic research group that is uniquely embedded within a clinical environment. The appointee will have the opportunity to develop skills in the latest DNA sequencing technologies and to contribute to a wide range of applied research projects.

  • Salary Packaging
  • Discount Health Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Child care services


Applications close (11pm 29th July 2019)

Please include a detailed cover letter detailing your familiarity with the key skills above; how you meet the essential qualifications and experience outlined in the position description; and any prior experience with the duties outlined in the position description.

All enquiries to Kathryn Holt on 03 9903 0401.

Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.  Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.


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  • Closes in 6 days - 29 Jul 2019
  • Published on 08 Jul 2019, 1:29 AM