Research Assistant - Antibody Therapeutics

Job No: GC201928
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes, with over 600 scientists, students and support staff.  We pioneer study into the most widespread diseases affecting our community today, including cancer, neurodegenerative and mental diseases, disorders of the immune system, diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders. 

The Immunology Division focuses on understanding inflammatory processes, particularly as they relate to rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and like diseases. The Antibody Therapeutics Group is focused on mechanisms that govern the structure, function and evolution of the human antibody repertoire, and on the molecular engineering of antibodies and cytokines for basic and translational research applications.

Position Summary

The Immunology department is seeking a talented Research Assistant with interest in CRISPR-mediated Genome Editing. The Research Assistant will assist in projects aiming at expanding the CRISPR technology to Immunology. The Research Assistant will provide support in the following areas: molecular biology, production and purification of proteins, mammalian and bacterial tissue culture, and CRISPR-mediated gene editing in mammalian cells.

The Opportunity

Reporting to Dr Romain Rouet, the key responsibilities include the following:

  • Perform molecular biology techniques (PCR, cloning, DNA purification) to create new plasmids
  • Perform tissue culture techniques (propagate and maintain mammalian and bacterial cells)
  • Produce and purify CRISPR-Cas proteins in bacteria
  • Produce and purify RNA by in vitro transcription
  • Provide assistance with CRISPR genome editing experiments in mammalian cells
  • Provide assistance with experimental procedures and interpretation of results
  • Participate in sharing knowledge and research progress with the Immunology Research Division
  • Share responsibility for laboratory maintenance

The position is offered full-time until the end of 2019 in the first instance.

About You

You will have the following skills and experiences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with honours in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry or related discipline with preferably 1-2 years’ experience within a research laboratory
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques such as cloning, DNA purification and PCR
  • Experience with mammalian and/or bacterial cell culture
  • Experience with protein expression and purification is preferred
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills with the ability to work independently or under limited supervision
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills including written skills and the ability to work in a diverse, multicultural environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, preferably with Mac OS

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites/channels will unfortunately not be considered.

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

Only applicants with full working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

Closing Date

The position will remain open until filled. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.

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