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Research Assistant

  • LocationAlfred Health
  • Work TypeFull Time - Fixed Term
  • Positions1 Position
  • Applications Close AtCloses in 7 days
    Published on 11 Nov 2020
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  • Job no: 31132
  • 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.

  • Fixed-term (12 months)
  • Full-time (76 hours per fortnight)
  • Grade 1 role to start January 2021
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Central Clinical School, Monash University Alfred Hospital campus

The Department

The Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) sits within Monash University’s Central Clinical School, located at the Alfred Hospital precinct in Melbourne, known as the Alfred Research Alliance (formerly AMREP; Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct). The ACBD is one of the country’s largest blood-related research and clinical centres, with a primary mission of improving the understanding of blood-related diseases and providing world- class services and treatments for patients afflicted with such diseases

The Role

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to work within the Carmichael group at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases. Led by Dr Catherine Carmichael, the lab’s research program focuses on studying the molecular regulation of blood cell maturation, and the mechanisms by which this regulation is perturbed during leukaemia development and pathogenesis.

As a Research Assistant, you will have a relevant tertiary degree or equivalent laboratory experience. You will be expected to culture a wide range of cell lines, perform basic molecular biology techniques including cloning and gene expression analysis, as well as develop and utilise gene editing and inducible gene expression systems in vitro and in vivo. You will be required to work with various animal models of leukaemia, including performing techniques such as IV/IP injections, oral gavage and blood sampling. You may also be required to maintain animal colonies and keep accurate records for animal ethics approvals. As the lab performs predominantly haematology-based experiments, the ability to learn and/or perform multicolour flow cytometry is essential. You should be highly organised, efficient and able to generate accurate and reproducible data with good record keeping skills. Ideally, you will be able to work both independently and within a team, have excellent communication skills and the ability to multi-task.


  • Proficient in tissue culture and molecular biology techniques is essential
  • Experienced in multicolour flow cytometry and gene expression/editing technologies (such as CRISPR/Cas9) is desirable
  • Willingness to work with animal models, and relevant experience in this area would be highly preferable
  • Ability to generate accurate and reproducible data with good record keeping skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team as well as on own initiative without close supervision
  • Well-developed communication skills and ability to discuss experimental results with team members


Within the Carmichael laboratory, we can offer you opportunities to learn, broaden and develop your skills, share your ideas and drive research both independently and as a team within a friendly and energetic emerging research group. Contract extension beyond the initial 12 month fixed-term contract is possible.

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

Applications close (11pm on the 30th November)

Within your application please include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria, your CV and the contact details of 3 professional referees.

All enquiries to Dr. Catherine Carmichael. Email:

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.


  • Closes in 7 days - 30 Nov 2020
  • Published on 11 Nov 2020, 10:51 PM