Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Scientist

  • Brisbane location
  • Exciting research opportunity
  • 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 Conjoint Gastroenterology Laboratory:

The Conjoint Gastroenterology Laboratory identifies genetic and epigenetic changes that define distinct subtypes of colon cancers and premalignant polyps with the aim of predicting clinical behaviour and personalised treatment strategies. Collaboration with gastroenterologists, pathologists and oncologists is a key aspect of our research.

Role Purpose / Responsibilities :

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • work as part of a team to elucidate disease mechanisms and targeted therapies
  • work with in vitro and in vivo tumor models.
  • perform cell isolation, characterization and monitoring of functional cellular responses using standard molecular biology protocols
  • culture organoids
  • contribute to laboratory management
  • perform immunohistochemistry and microscopy
  • develop ideas independently, develop strategies to design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data
  • record all experimental protocols and observations / interpretations in a timely manner
  • contribute to high impact publications in peer-reviewed journals

About you:

The successful applicant will have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in science with Honours Class I. The following skills and qualities would be an advantage:

  • Experience working with murine tumour models including administering drugs, isolation and characterisation of tumour cells
  • Experience in tissue sectioning and imaging
  • Experience in molecular biology protocols including CRISPR/Cas9 editing
  • Experience in lentiviral production and transduction
  • Ability to work independently and develop collaborative working relationships with other team members
  • Experience in drafting manuscripts
  • Highly self-motivated and career oriented individual with a genuine interest in disease mechanisms and a goal to develop novel approaches to improving outcomes for patients with cancer

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 $67,400 to $86,363 per annum. This is a full-time appointment for 12 months, with the possibility of extension subject to funding availability.

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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.

25 February 2019
Contact A/Prof Vicki Whitehall on (07) 3362 0170 or