(RX-144) Research Assistant (Reproductive Development)

(RX-144) Research Assistant (Reproductive Development)

21 Nov
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

21 Nov

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


Who Are We?

At MCRI we share a powerful vision; to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We believe that no question is too impossible to try and answer. We are renowned for our cutting edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnosis, prevention and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multi-disciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health. MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. We are committed to creating a positive working environment which values all backgrounds and experiences.

We strive to foster an inclusive culture that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and a culture based on respect, consideration and dignity. Don’t take our word for it, check what our employees are saying!

Your Opportunity:

This role is to assist in the research primarily in ovarian biology. The Reproductive Development lab uses genomic approaches to investigate the genetic basis of human ovarian disease. This includes the study of the largest well-described cohort of women with premature ovarian insufficiency (POI). This work aims to: discover new genes that, when mutated, cause POI, determine the role of newly discovered genes in reproductive biology and, improve the physical and/or psychological outcomes for affected individuals and their families. Functional validation of disease causation is achieved by methods such as western blotting, gene expression assays, qRT-PCR, immunofluorescence staining in control, patient cell lines and by developing fly models of ovarian disease. Our cohort study has identified many new candidate genes involved in ovarian biology, that require in-depth analysis to determine how they influence reproductive potential. To elucidate the role of these new genes in ovarian biology, we plan to use model organisms such as the fly and mouse, as well as recently developed induced pluripotent stem-cell modelling to generate gonadal organoids to use as a human-specific disease model.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- Conducting ethical research at the highest level of integrity and in line with the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research and MCRI policies.

- Assisting and contributing to data generation for research and publications.

- Working to improve skill base in research productivity and methodology.

- Assisting in high calibre, competitive research.

- Following standard operating procedures, study protocols and study guidelines.

Selection Criteria

- Degree/Honours/Masters qualification in Science or related discipline.

- Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

- Excellent time management, organisational and analytical problem-solving skills.

- Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.

- Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets, database programs, statistics and word processing.

- Demonstrated understanding of a range of research methodologies and their application in empirical research.

What’s in it for you:

- Maximum Term Contract (Possible Extension).

- Attractive Salary $77,592 (pro rata) + Super (with Salary Packaging).

- Flexible Working Options Available.

- Ongoing Career Development and Training.

- Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

- Health and Wellbeing Program and an Employee Assistance Program.

Apply Now!!

Download the position description. Any specific questions not answered in the position description should be directed to Dr Elena Tucker on [email protected]

If you believe you have what we're after please click 'Apply Now' to proceed with your application. In one document only please place your:

- Cover Letter

- Response to Key Selection Criteria

- Resume

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact [email protected] quoting Position Reference.

On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

All applicants please be aware that in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions, all MCRI and VCGS workers must have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by no later than 29 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by no later than 26 November 2021, unless a medical exception applies. Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government COVID-19 Digital Immunisation Certificate/s as part of our pre-employment requirements.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Check and a Working with Children check is compulsory.

Please note, applications will only be considered when submitted via the MCRI website.

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

Closing Date: 12 December 2021.

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