University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Research Assistant


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  • Institute for Molecular Bioscience

  • Partner with people educating future generations & solving the world's problems

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact

  • Plan for your future with a generous 17% superannuation allowance

  • Based at St Lucia

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    The successful applicant will contribute to research projects and will play a central role in the administration and organisation of the research group to facilitate day-to-day research activities. The projects encompass cloning and purification of recombinant forms of the antigens, antibiotic testing and investigating virulence of bacterial pathogens in mouse models of disease. Standard experiments will include structural and functional studies of virulence determinants, studies of immunogenicity, and standard antibiotic development assays.

    Key responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Conduct research in the area agreed with the supervisor.

  • Work with colleagues, postgraduates and undergraduates in the completion of their research projects.

  • Ordering and maintenance of laboratory supplies

  • Preparation of laboratory samples and reagents

  • Basic molecular biology techniques for manipulation of DNA (e.g. subcloning, mutagenesis)

  • Basic microbiology techniques including the culture of human pathogens

  • Expression and purification of recombinant proteins from bacterial culture

  • Mouse handling and skills including immunisation and infection procedures

  • Monitoring laboratory animals out of business hours, when required

  • Undertaking induction and basic training of new staff and students

  • Assist in formulation of ethics applications and preparation of reports.

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor

  • General lab management​

  • Contribute to the safe and efficient operation of research equipment, infrastructure, methodologies and protocols

  • Apply safe storage, handling and disposal techniques to chemicals, equipment, stores and/or samples/specimens

  • This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 12 months.

    At HEW level 4, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,235.35 - $74,468.15, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $82,175.36 - $87,127.74. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You
  • Completion of a diploma level qualification with relevant work related experience in chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology, or an equivalent combination of experience and education/training.

  • Experience with molecular biology techniques.

  • Experience with protein expression and purification.

  • Experience with bacterial culture and aseptic technique.

  • Experience with laboratory animal handling and procedures.

  • Ability to quickly acquire new laboratory techniques and to perform them routinely at a high level of accuracy and efficiency.

  • Sound knowledge of OH&S guidelines and laboratory safety.

  • Availability to check on laboratory animals on occasions out of business hours.

  • Ability to work as a member of a team.

  • The ability to plan, execute and interpret research in a semi-independent manner.

  • High level of inter-personal and communication skills.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Mark Walker via email [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Tuesday 12 March 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-34779).

    Job details


    Research Assistant


    University of Queensland




    February 12, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 12, 2024

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    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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