Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Application closing date: 
Mon, 28/09/2020 - 5:00pm

About the position

The role of the Research Assistant is to provide technical and operational support for the research laboratory or group, with a focus on optimising research productivity. Research assistants enable and facilitate research, contributing skills and expertise to projects within the group and with external collaborators, under the general direction of the Laboratory Head or Postdoctoral Scientist. The Research Assistant is responsible for performing experiments and/or analyses and/or developing methods and theories and accurately recording all results to contribute to research as directed.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop, and validate HTS amenable assays under guidance from senior screening staff.
  • Work with the automation team to transfer a developed bench-top assay to the HTS robotic platforms.
  • Run primary screening campaigns on the HTS robotic platforms
  • Support the hit-to-lead regular testing of small molecules to advance WEHI drug discovery projects
  • Analyse and interpret both small- and large-scale datasets under guidance from senior screening staff
  • Help prepare data for comprehensive reports to document each milestone stage of the HTS project
  • Present experimental results clearly to screening team members

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum honours degree in a field relevant to drug discovery (eg biological sciences, cell biology, pharmacology)
  • 5+ years laboratory experience
  • Experience in troubleshooting biochemical and cell-based assays under guidance from senior team members
  • Experience in following complex protocols from standard operating procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise work to meet strict deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with others
  • Adaptable and willing to learn new systems and procedures as required

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 1 year in a full-time capacity. Salary is either HEW 6 ($82,321-$89,108) or HEW 7 ($90,831- $98,325). Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

General enquiries can be directed to Dr Kate Jarman –

A position description is avaiable

How to apply

Please email your application including cover letter, CV and a letter addressing the key selection criteria in pdf format to, quoting reference WEHI/ANKJ310820 in the subject line.

Application closing date​​​​​​​: 28 September 2020

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment.  We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support female laboratory heads.