Research Assistant in Genomics
University of New South Wales

Research Assistant - Ramaciotti Centre

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Work type: full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support, Laboratory Technician

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics is a national infrastructure facility and a leader in the application and development of genomics in Australia. It is the largest genomics facility at any Australian University and is comprehensively equipped with the latest next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, with single-cell genomics platforms and with high throughput microarray systems. The Centre’s purpose is to deliver high quality genomic data to its clients and position UNSW as a leader in the field of genomics.

The Centre currently analyses over 40,000 samples per annum using next generation sequencing (NGS) technology. It utilises numerous library preparation procedures and operates several sequencing platforms.

The Research Assistant is responsible for performing sample QC and library preparation procedures and for implementing new or modified procedures or processes under guidance. The role will deal with high sample volumes in a time sensitive environment. The position will use their laboratory experience in molecular biology techniques to fulfil the requirements of the role.

NOTE: There are x2 roles available.

About the role

  • $78K - $88K plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 12 months
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The position of Research Assistant reports to the Research Manager and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Undertake quality control checks on samples, independently evaluate results and prepare reports for clients.
  • Prepare samples for sequencing using a variety of complex methods, both manually and using liquid handling robots.
  • Train laboratory personnel in in the above techniques as required.
  • Log and monitor critical stock levels ensuring resources are available for timely project completion.
  • Follow relevant quality procedures and processes in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025.
  • Perform other appropriate duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director or Deputy
  • Director of the Centre.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Degree in molecular biology, genetics or a related discipline, an Honours degree is preferable. This position requires a good understanding of the principles of molecular biology.
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory-based work using high-throughput molecular biology techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively to deliver results for concurrent workflows.
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and work both independently, as well as part of a team to deliver project outcomes.
  • Prior work experience in an accredited or regulated laboratory is desirable.
  • Good written and oral communication skills, and a high attention to detail.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Ensure you systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Jason Koval
Applications close:  October 7th, 2022

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UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Position Description

Advertised: 09 Sep 2022 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 07 Oct 2022 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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