Part-Time Research Assistant - Cancer Immunoregulation and Immunology

  • Fixed-term, part-time (0.5 FTE)
  • Brisbane based location
  • 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 complex 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 Lab:

Applications are invited for a part-time Research Assistant to join the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Laboratory headed by Dr Michele Teng. The laboratory focuses on investigating how tumour-induced immune suppression impedes the effective treatment of established cancer.


Role Purposes / Responsibilities:

The applicant is required to have a strong technical skills in histology and microscopy. The ability to work unsupervised and communicate effectively with research and support staff is essential. The following duties will apply:

  • Using the Vectra slide scanner (PerkinElmer) to acquire data from tumor biopsies stained using multiplexed OPAL methodology.
  • Perform image data analysis using Inform image analysis software (PerkinElmer) and FCS Express 6plus software.
  • Routine maintenance of laboratory stocks/reagent aliquots


About You:

  • Strong expertise in histology and microscopy. This includes, specimen processing, preparation of histological slices and ability to perform traditional staining techniques.
  • The successful applicant needs to be well-versed in performing single and double immunohistochemistry (IHC) and multi-colour immunofluorescence stainings (IF), microscopy and data acquisition.
  • The applicant will be trained and required to be competent in using the Vectra slide scanner, InForm analysis and FCS Express 6plus software to perform data analysis.
  • Sound laboratory practice and record keeping.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
Highly desirable for the position:
  • Flow cytometry
  • Immunology
  • Basic statistical knowledge
  • Animal experimentation experience
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

This is a one-year appointment with the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, with the prospect of renewal. The salary level will commensurate with the applicant’s experience.

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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.

31 August 2017
Please contact Dr Michele Teng on michele.teng@qimrberghofer.edu.au