Senior Research Assistant in Cancer Genetics

  • New position in Cancer Genetics
  • Full time for 12 months
  • Attractive salary packaging & superannuation options

About QIMR Berghofer:

QIMR Berghofer is a world-leading translational medical research institute focused on improving health by developing new diagnostics, better treatments and prevention strategies, specifically in the areas of cancer, infectious diseases, mental health and chronic disorders. Based in Herston, Brisbane and working in close collaboration with clinicians and other research institutes, QIMR Berghofer is home to more than 600 scientists, students and support staff.

About the Cancer Genetics Laboratory:

In the Cancer Genetics Laboratory we investigate why some people get breast cancer, and how these cancers develop from a normal cell. Using genome wide association studies (GWAS) we have identified almost 200 breast cancer risk loci which we plan to comprehensively investigate with CRISPR screens, with a view to developing novel risk reduction medications.

Role Purpose / Responsibilities:

In this role you will join an active group focused on novel approaches to understanding the biological basis of loci associated with breast cancer risk.

You will assist other members of the team with a wide variety of cell and molecular biology techniques. In addition, you will be responsible for developing your own project, in consultation with the laboratory head and other lab members, and introducing new, relevant techniques to the lab. You will have demonstrated high standards in record taking, trouble shooting, protocol optimization and collaboration with health professionals and other researchers.

About you:

You will have a Masters degree or equivalent in Human Genetics, as well as experience working in a research laboratory focused on cancer genetics. Experience in the following techniques is essential: cloning, transformation (nucleofection, lipofection), preparation of primary cell culture human and animal tissues, culture of established mammalian cell lines, organoid culture, imaging (including confocal and fluorescent microscopy), gene editing using CRISPR/CAS9, generation of transgenic mice, monitoring of genetically engineered mouse models, proliferation and migration assays using the Incucyte, drug screening, immunohistochemistry, FACS, ChIP-seq, SNP arrays and RNAseq.

What we offer:

  • Salary Packaging
  • Bonus Superannuation
  • State of the art facilities
  • Stimulating work setting focussed on cutting edge medical research
  • Supportive/collaborative team environment

Salary range is $71,027-$82,202 per annum. This is a full time appointment for 12 months.

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Applications should address the selection criteria and include curriculum vitae, proof of qualifications, and the names and contact details of three professional referees.

03 December 2018
Contact Professsor Georgia Chenevix-Trench at