Research Officer – Bone Biology

Job No: GC201939
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW

The Bone Biology laboratory is using single cell transcriptomic approaches for the detailed analysis of bone. This includes, but is not limited to, state-of-the-art single cell RNA sequencing technologies such as SmartSeq, MAR-Seq, Chromium 10X and NICHESeq. We are seeking to recruit an individual to apply these technologies to major questions in bone biology. In addition, this position requires bioinformatic skills and expertise in the use of bioinformatic packages and tools in R, including dimensionality reduction by tSNE, NMF, etc and lineage tracing by pseudotime. This technology will be applicable to the study of both human tissue and animal models of disease.

The Opportunity

The role of Research Officer will be to take overall responsibility for this work and providing knowledge, training and advice for researchers working in the Bone Biology team. The post-holder will also work on a number of specific research projects, which will contribute to the wider objectives of team. These projects will be developed in conjunction with the Research Theme Director.

The position will be full-time for 2 years in the first instance and the salary offered is $83,574 pa.

Reporting to Professor Peter Croucher, Research Theme Director, the key responsibilities are:

  • Work independently and manage single cell projects within the Bone Biology laboratory
  • Maintain single cell RNA sequencing techniques for the study of murine and human bone
  • Prepare data, produce figures and write research articles communicating the outcomes of our research.
  • Use existing technologies and develop new methodologies for the study of bone and bone cell interactions and their application to skeletal disorders
  • Contribute to grant funding applications
  • Prepare appropriate governance paperwork to ensure research activity complies with local legislation – to include animal research ethics and health and safety legislation
  • Manage time and work schedules to meet deadlines and manage the allocated budget for the bone analysis laboratory

About You

You will possess the following key skills and qualifications:

  • The incumbent should possess a PhD in a relevant area, expertise in bone-related research as well as 2 years of relevant research experience.
  • Experience of bone- or cancer-related research and animal studies would be desirable.
  • Bioinformatic skills including expertise in the use of bioinformatic packages and tools in R
  • Ability to assess and organise resources, and to plan, prioritise and progress work activities to strict deadlines.  
  • Effective communication skills; ability to take active part in group discussions and strategy meetings with senior members of the research team
  • Effective presentation skills to scientists and the lay public.
  • Assist junior staff to achieve their goals by training students and staff to use equipment and software necessary for their project and discussing the rationale behind the choice of methods

How to Apply   

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

Please include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

Closing Date

This position will remain open until 27 March 2019. We are reviewing applications as they are received.  As such, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.

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