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Research Assistant - Brisbane

Assistants in Nursing
Contract Part Time
19 days ago

As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

About the position:

The overarching goal of the Child Health Division is to improve the health of children, particularly Indigenous children. The team are leading an NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in preventing and managing bronchiectasis, especially in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, with several completed and ongoing clinical trials. Collectively, the research aims to reduce the burden of chronic lung disease and the development of bronchiectasis, and to reduce long-term complications through clinical and laboratory-based research.

The team require a Research Assistant with both clinical and extensive laboratory experience to contribute to the body of research by providing clinical trial support and contributing to a program of research linking biological mechanisms, the microbiota and clinical outcomes.

This position will be based at Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane.

The Research Assistant will:

  • Participate in and drive high quality research into the biological mechanisms and microbiota profiles seen in paediatric respiratory disease.
  • Process samples obtained from clinical trials, ensuring all standard operating procedures are followed and that the samples are appropriately stored and catalogued using established databases.
  • Provide support to ongoing clinical trials, including liaising with participant families and collecting samples.
  • Ensure the research is conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines, as per study protocols and study specific procedures.
  • Undertake training, as required, to perform study visits, data collection and sample processing.
  • Provide supervision and training to junior laboratory staff and students.
  • Participate in reporting research and day-to-day laboratory maintenance to the CRE Lung Health Program Manager.
  • Work as part of a team in the laboratory and as a member of a larger, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Support the establishment of new laboratory techniques.
  • Assist with and contribute to the preparation of conference and seminar papers, publications and research proposal submissions from the research.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Tertiary qualification, with Honours, in science or health-related filed with subsequent relevant experience in biological mechanisms associated with respiratory disease.
  • Demonstrated experience in general laboratory techniques including primary cell culture, DNA/RNA extractions and protein assays.
  • Demonstrated experience in genomics and proteomic studies and analysis, especially in the use of Nanostring technology.
  • Demonstrated experience in respiratory-based clinical trials including participant recruitment, clinical follow-up, data management and analysis.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with strong interpersonal skills in multicultural settings, and experience in the preparation of high-quality reports.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ICH Good Clinical Practice and applicable regulations, National Statement in Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
  • Proven good organisational and time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines, to undertake a range of tasks, including reporting and liaison activities.
  • Ability to take initiative and capacity to work independently under general direction and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a healthcare setting.
  • High degree of computer literacy including experience using relevant software such as the Microsoft Office Suite and research databases.


  • Experience working in diagnostic, NATA and/or ISO-accredited microbiology laboratories.
  • Experience with DNA extraction, PCR, cell culture and/or immunological methods.
  • Experience with coding-based data analysis and figure preparation.

Contact: Dr Stephanie Yerkovich on email:

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $91,175 - $116,615 pa, pro-rata, salary package (comprising gross salary $70,173 - $92,388 pa, pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits).

Closing date: Thursday 22 July 2021

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit or phone 08 8946 8626.

Salary Details*
Salary Type Normal Wages
Base Salary $70,173
Superannuation 9.5%
Bonus offered No
Total Package $76,839
* Salary details are calculated without bonus and monthly payout as per tax bracket without tax threshold and other allowances. Its always good to confirm these details with the employer or recruiter.
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