Molecular Technician

Job No: GC201880
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW

In 2017, the Garvan Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics (GWCCG) was formed, bringing together the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and The Weizmann Institute of Science to build Australia’s first Centre for Cellular Genomics. 

The Garvan and the Weizmann Institutes have harnessed their synergistic strengths (in cytometry, genomics, informatics, and data visualisation) to enable cellular and single cell genomics to become routine tools for clinical and scientific analysis of many disease states. The Centre has a specific focus on 1) application of genomics (including DNA, transcriptomics, and epigenomics) to understand the cellular processes of the brain, immune system, and cancer; 2) the diagnosis of genetic diseases, stratification of cancers, and avoidance of adverse drug reactions; 3) the advancement of personal genetic health; and 4) the development of an improved health system that uses targeted information at cellular level to improve outcomes for patients and to better focus healthcare expenditure.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Molecular Technician to assist the translation development group with the development, implementation, and roll-out of new assays and protocols involving single cell sequencing technology. The Technician will also develop and implement new techniques to further improve molecular analyses to support research activities within GWCCG and for all GWCCG collaborators and affiliates.

Reporting to the Technical Director of GWCCG, the key responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the development, implementation and maintenance of molecular techniques and infrastructures required to support the analysis of high-throughput single cell sequencing techniques
  • Assist with developing new technology, protocols and approaches to support commercialisation of research
  • Assist in identifying areas of improvement in the GWCCG molecular analysis techniques and ensure the centre is adopting global best practices
  • Assist collaborators in experimental design and data analysis and to check the validity of experimental results
  • Participate in research that supports grant funding (i.e. participate in generating preliminary proof-of-principle results for complex high-end projects)
  • Maintain excellent records and generate high quality progress reports for a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Represent GWCCG at national and international conferences, engaging with the research and clinical community, and promote the expansion of GWCCG through participation outreach initiatives

This role is offered on a full-time basis for 2 years in the first instance.

About You

You will have the following key skills and experience:

  • The Technician shall possess a MSc or PhD degree in a relevant area of science and an understanding of cytometry, genomics and bioinformatics (exceptional candidates with a BSc will be considered)
  • Expertise in molecular analysis techniques with a special focus on single cell transcriptomics, genomics and epigenetics
  • Experience in cell culture and gene editing techniques such as CRISPR
  • Broad knowledge of research/healthcare systems
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of new and cutting-edge molecular techniques
  • The ability to assess priorities and manage competing deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication, representation and interpersonal skills essential for interaction with internal and external stakeholders, including GWCCG Executives

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.   

Your application should include: 

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

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

Closing Date

As we are reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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