Research Officer or Senior Research Officer

Research Officer or Senior Research Officer

Application closing date: 
Thu, 08/10/2020 - 5:00pm

An excellent opportunity exists for a Research Officer or Senior Research Officer to join the Colonial Foundation Healthy Ageing Centre.

About the position

The institute is seeking an experienced Research Officer or Senior Research Officer who will be responsible for the design and implementation of a highly sensitive assay for biomarker detection. This assay will provide the Centre and associated clinicians a tool for early disease diagnosis, in particular for neurodegenerative disorders. The RO/SRO will be responsible for designing and optimizing the assay for various targets according to clinical requirements. The RO/SRO is expected to have high level experience in assay development and antibody research and to be self-motivated with exceptional organisational and communication skills.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Centre Head, Assay Development Scientist, WEHI's Antibody Facility, Clinical Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Staff to lead the creation of a diagnostic assay to achieve the Centre’s goals. The ideal candidate will be an experienced RO/SRO, with training and expertise in assay development and antibody research, and with extensive experience in collaborative application-oriented work.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with Centre Head, Assay Development Scientist and WEHI Antibody Facility to lead the design and implement a sensitive assay for biomarker detection
  • Adapt, create and optimise advanced proteomics sample preparation protocols
  • Liaise with clinical partners to understand clinical requirements and ensure development of diagnostic assay with clinical utility
  • Regularly discuss and present projects, experimental design and strategies for assay development
  • Independently contribute to engagement with the scientific community

Selection Criteria

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrated exceptional talent for technical, analytical and scientific problem-solving
  • Self-driven, high level of initiative and independent way of operation
  • Attention to detail, ensuring that data, methods and theories are accurate, of high-quality and accessible to other researchers
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in and promote a collaborative research environment
  • Capacity to perform under pressure, to meet time constraints and determine work priorities

Knowledge and skills

  • Extensive experience (PhD and/or professional experience) in molecular biology, assay development and antibody research
  • Experience in proximity ligation assay or similar assay development is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to optimise pre-existing assays and solution-focused approach to achieve project goals
  • Innovative thinker, as demonstrated by a track record of achievements (strong publication record, IP and/or product development)
  • Demonstrated involvement and intellectual input in project planning
  • Ability to derive, test and implement new sample processing techniques
  • Initiative taken in identify and recommend effective modifications to planned work
  • Effective adaptability to changing situations

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 2 years in a full time capacity. Salary for Research Officer is A6-A8 ($90,053 -$96,661) and salary for Senior Research Officer is B1-B6 ($101,756 - $120,828). Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

Position description for Research Officer is available here.

Position description for Senior Research Officer is available here.

Please indicate which job you are applying for in your cover letter (Research Officer or Senior Research Officer).

General enquiries can be directed to A/Prof Andrew Webb;

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/DAAW240920 in the subject line.

Application closing date:  8 October 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.