Research Assistant in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
University of Queensland Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Research Assistant in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

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Area:Aust Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
Salary (FTE):Research Professional Level 05 ($69,408.41 - $77,306.82)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)

AIBN is an integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology.

AIBN seeks to deliver innovative solutions to society's problems through sustainable materials, healthy living and translational success. Our research is underpinned by AIBN's Five Pillars of Research, which cover stem cell ageing and regenerative engineering, precision nanomedicine, advanced materials, agriculture nanotechnology and advanced biomanufacturing. These pillars focus AIBN's research efforts on developing new products, processes and devices for improving human health, the environment and quality of life. In this way, the Institute goes beyond basic research to promote and develop the growth of innovative industries, which will benefit Queensland and Australian economies.

About This Opportunity

Working within the Rolfe Group at AIBN, your role will include undertaking laboratory research aimed at increasing our understanding of the role of the innate immune system in cancer, and the development of new immunotherapeutic drugs. This includes the analysis of tissues from experimental animals using flow cytometry, quantitative real-time PCR, ELISA, immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry and fluorescence microscopy.

Other duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting experiments, including preparation, sampling, data collection and analysis
  • Providing administrative and financial management support for research projects and programs
  • Providing general laboratory support, including ordering and maintaining consumables
  • Detailed documentation of experiments and results including maintaining accurate and up to date electronic laboratory records 

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

A high level of competency with flow cytometry and analysis of flow data is integral to the role in addition to your prior experience in cell culture, immunological and molecular techniques (immunochemistry, ELISA, qPCR) and animal disease models. Other pre-requisites include:

  • a Bachelor degree in relevant area of Science (eg. immunology, cell biology, molecular biology or related field)
  • ability to practically apply theoretical principles and techniques
  • ability to rapidly learn new skills and use new technologies 
  • proven ability work successfully independently and collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • high-level of communication skills 

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to 12 months at HEW level 5.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,408.41 - $77,306.82, plus super of up to 17%. 

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 509792_Research Assistant_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Barbara Rolfe at 

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 04 Mar 2020
Applications close: 03 Apr 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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