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Research Assistant

  • LocationAlfred Health
  • Work TypeFull Time - Fixed Term
  • Positions1 Position
  • Job no: 64176
  • Category: 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.

  • Employment Status: Fixed Term (12months fixed term)
  • Full Time (76 hours per fortnight) 
  • Alfred Hospital location

The Department
An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Assistant to join the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases within Central Clinical School. The incumbent will join the blood cancer genomics Laboratory investigating transcriptional networks that underpin normal blood development and haematological malignancies. The project involves investigation of pioneer transcription factors that program and re-program mesoderm to form blood stem cells or those that are aberrantly activated as part of a blood cancer mechanism. 
The laboratory is focused on discovering novel therapeutic targets for blood cancers particularly chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms. The projects would also involve more fundamental research into the mechanisms of gene regulation in both normal and malignant contexts. The lab utilises a wide variety of cutting edge genomics assays (ATACseq, ChIPseq, RNAseq, scRNAseq) as well as CRISPR screens, functional assays and mouse models. 

The Role
The position requires a research scientist with experience in cell biology, molecular biology and biochemical techniques to assist with exciting projects in the lab. The successful candidate should hold a BSc (Honours) or equivalent and have a background in experimental research. The person will be expected to conduct rigorous, valid and ethical research both independently and as part of the research team, and to have excellent organizational and time management skills. The level of appointment will be Grade 1-2 depending on experience. 

  • Mammalian cell culture
  • qRT-PCR, PCR, cloning 
  • Western blotting/protein biochemistry
  • ChIP, and ATAC-seq, are desirable but not essential.
  • Knowledge of NGS technology is desirable but not essential. 
  • High-quality written and oral communication skills
  • High level of interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and ability to develop new skills

There will be many opportunities to grow as a scientist and learn about cutting-edge methods in the molecular biology and cancer research field.

  • Other benefits include:
  • Salary Packaging
  • Discount Health Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Child care services

All enquiries to Professor Andrew Perkins [email protected] 

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.

All Alfred Health employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This is in accordance with the Vaccination of Health Care Workers (COVID-19) Directions - Health Services. All Alfred Health employees are required to be vaccinated against influenza. This is in accordance with the Mandatory Vaccination of Health Care Workers (Influenza Vaccine) Directions - Health Services Establishments for influenza.