Research Assistant – Intravital Microscopy

Job No: GC201914
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW

At Garvan our research is focused upon understanding the role of genes and molecular and cellular processes in health and disease as the basis for developing future preventions, treatments and cures. Our scientists are researchers who work towards making significant breakthroughs in scientific discovery to positively impact human health.

The major goals of the Intravital Microscopy Laboratory within the Immunology Division are to understand the checks and balances that control the output from the immune response in immunity, autoimmunity and cancer by applying intravital two-photon microscopy and single cell RNA sequencing to genetic mouse models and to human tissue samples from patients with immunodeficiency and autoimmune diseases.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a dedicated, curious scientist driven by the desire to learn and discover who is not afraid to fail. The successful applicant will work with Dr Tri Phan, Laboratory Head to develop quantitative tools and techniques to enable investigation of cellular dynamics in the lymph node subcapsular niche, the germinal centre, bone marrow plasma cell niche and Peyer’s patches in the gastrointestinal mucosa. He/she will also have the opportunity to work on their own project investigating cellular dynamics in humoral immunity. A background or interest in intravital imaging, image analysis and computational biology is desirable.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Working under supervision of the Laboratory Head, the position holder will ensure that experiments are designed and conducted to the highest scientific standards and in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with research staff within Garvan, St Vincent's Centre for Applied Medical Research (AMR), the Kirby Institute, and at other institutions, as well as community organisations and other stakeholders.
  • Provide assistance in the development of intravital two-photon microscopy and related techniques.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for procedures within the Institute and then train others in these practices.
  • Maintain high standards of laboratory housekeeping
    • Ensure and coordinate the maintenance of laboratory supplies, stocks and laboratory equipment
    • Understand the principles of operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
    • Train others in these procedures.

 The position will be offered full-time for 1 year in the first instance.

About You

You will possess the following key skills and experience: 

  • First class honours or equivalent at a minimum
  • Effective communication skills with the ability to take active part in group discussions and interact with various stakeholders
  • Presentation skills with oral presentations to the research group
  • Able to write scientific reports and ethics proposals for the continuation and initiation of research projects
  • Able to work effectively as part of a wider research team and liaise with staff from different groups
  • Experience of adapting own skills to new circumstances and developing new techniques when appropriate

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 addressing the selection criteria above
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

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

Closing Date

The position will remain open until 31 December 2018. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.

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