Technical Assistant (Personalised Medicine) - (P770)

Technical Assistant (Personalised Medicine) - (P770)

16 Aug
Children's Cancer Institute

16 Aug

Children's Cancer Institute


Sydney NSW


- Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
- Modern, world-class facilities
- Convenient Randwick location, close to transport

Children's Cancer Institute is wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer and is the only medical research institute in Australia solely dedicated to this cause. We don't just hope to do it – we will do it, and we're looking for the brightest minds to help us get there. Children's Cancer Institute provides the best possible environment for our staff thrive in, with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

This position is a key support position for the work performed by the Zero Childhood Cancer Personalised Medicine Program. The Technical Assistant will join the Molecular Profiling Team, working extremely closely alongside an existing Technical Assistant and Research Assistant, and will take responsibility for patient sample processing, preparation, submission and data tracking for genomic analysis. This role is vital in supporting the reporting of genomic findings for patients in a clinically relevant timeframe. It requires excellent teamwork, meticulous attention to detail and close adherence to deadlines so that patient test results can be provided in a timely manner.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

- Accurate and efficient processing of patient samples so that processed DNA and RNA is available for immediate or later testing as required
- Isolation of DNA and RNA from patient samples from different sources
- End-to-end sample tracking using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
- Accurate labelling of all processed patient samples
- Maintenance of accurate records for all processed samples
- Preparation of samples and liaison with couriers and external laboratory collaborators for sample distribution
- Assist Research Assistant and other senior team members where required with various laboratory techniques to optimise and integrate new methods and technologies to enhance patient sample quality, quantity and turnaround time
- Assist in liaison with hospitals for sample collection and shipping
- Proactively coordinate the laboratory supplies inventory, and assist in sample and data quality management and auditing
- Compliance with OH&S; requirements for handling of human samples and according to Institute policies
- Compliance with privacy legislation, ethics guidelines and the legal requirements for research involving human material
- Compliance with relevant legislation and Australian standards
- Any other tasks required by the Personalised Medicine Program Leader or delegated senior team member

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

- Tertiary qualifications in science or relevant laboratory processing experience
- 1+ years relevant laboratory experience highly desirable
- Professional approach to patient sample handling and patient information privacy and confidentiality
- Experience with correct manual handling techniques
- Experience with PC2 and WHS standards and behaviour highly desirable
- Excellent attention to detail
- High level technical skills
- Highly developed interpersonal and customer service skills
- Ability to work to deadlines
- Demonstrated initiative
- Excellent listening & verbal communication skills
- Excellent written communication skills
- Excellent IT skills
- Flexible attitude to work

This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference. We're looking for people who share our values of accountability, integrity and camaraderie, teamwork, sharing and excellence, success and satisfaction.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website at: We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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