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Research Assistant

  • Alfred Health Part Time - Fixed Term
  • Closes in 7 days
    Published on 6 Aug 2019
  • Job no: 21747
  • 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.

  • 1 year Fixed Term
  • Full Time or Part Time, 4 days/week (61-76 hours per fortnight)
  • $79,062 - $85,337 full time equivalent
  • Alfred Centre, 99 Commercial Rd, Melbourne

The Department

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is the University's largest research faculty. World‑class researchers work across disciplines including laboratory‑based medical science, applied clinical research, and social and public health research. The faculty is home to a number of leading medical and biomedical research institutes and groups, and has contributed to advances in many crucial areas. Our expertise in life sciences and biomedicine is recognised both nationally and internationally.

The Department of Neuroscience is a robust interdisciplinary group that has strong partnerships with the Alfred Health Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, and Psychiatry. The department has 20 different research groups and over 140 staff and students engaged in high quality collaborative research. The Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology (MSNI) Unit comprises a team of extremely productive Principle Investigators with a collective goal of understanding the underlying biological (biomarker, and genomic), environmental and clinical determinants of multiple sclerosis outcomes to aid in improving MS prognostics, and guiding the personalisation of patient management. Our team comprises senior scientists, biostatisticians, students, nurses and consultant neurologists.


The Role

We are looking for an experienced and highly organized Research Assistant with well-developed interpersonal skills. The successful applicant will be responsible for day-to-day lab operations, reporting to the group heads. The research assistant will supervise junior team members, and assist in training and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. Our group only does human research, and therefore demonstrated experience in handling human specimens is required. Our group hosts a biobank, and therefore biobanking will also be a key aspect of this job role.  The Research Assistant will have an extensive background in cellular and molecular biology including but not limited to cell sorting, tissue culture, qPCR, and ELISA. The research assistant will also have the opportunity to contribute towards data analysis and manuscript preparation. 



  • Prior experience in working with human tissues (blood a must)
  • Demonstrated ability to isolate PBMCs using MACS and flow cytometry methodologies
  • Demonstrated experience in tissue culture
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out molecular procedures including DNA and RNA isolation from blood and other tissues, cDNA synthesis, RT-qPCR, ELISA
  • Experience in biobanking



Joining our team, you will be given the unique opportunity to work in a supportive environment that sits at the interface between laboratory and clinical research. You will have the opportunity to contribute towards a variety of projects, gain experience in a wide range of techniques, and to build your leadership skills within the lab environment.

Other benefits include:

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


All enquiries to Dr Vilija Jokubaitis on 9903 0880.

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 7 days - 27 Aug 2019
  • Published on 06 Aug 2019, 3:46 AM