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Senior Research Officer

Senior Research Officer

The Wesley Medical Research Coeliac Disease and Immune Health Research Program will deliver a comprehensive and cohesive research program led by a powerful multi-disciplinary collaboration which will comprise academic researchers, medical practitioners, hospitals, and patients. It sets forth an ambitious research agenda aimed at developing a greater understanding of the fundamental biological principles underlying disease onset and progression; devising improved diagnostic tools; creating more effective interventions and ultimately, finding cures. 

Leading an ambitious biomedical research agenda and working in close collaboration with the Clinical Program Director, a new Senior Research Officer position has been established to deliver a robust Coeliac Disease and Immune Health Research Program. 

About the role:

Forming part of the Wesley Medical Research Coeliac Disease and Immune Health Research group, the primary role of the Senior Research Officer is to develop, manage and conduct research into coeliac disease and immune health. Uniquely poised to integrate science and medicine, the Senior Research Officer will work in close collaboration with the Program’s clinical expert and Director to bridge the gap between the laboratory and clinic. 

Critical to the role is a willingness to identify key clinical questions, the ability to design and deliver scientifically robust research projects and translate research findings into practice. 

While the role is primarily based at Wesley Medical Research, the Senior Research Officer will attend other research facilities to fulfil responsibilities (e.g., QIMR-Berghofer or other).

About You:

The successful candidate will ideally present with the following: 

  • PhD in biomedical science (immunology preferred)
  • Five or more years’ experience working in a laboratory environment (Academic Level B/C)
  • Strong track record relative to opportunity
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate research questions and develop and deliver on research plans including defining hypotheses, aims and objectives, experimental design/methods, timing, cost estimating, budgeting and resourcing. This includes plan and carry out laboratory research ethically and safely under limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out daily experimental design, establish and optimise experimental techniques, problem-solve and troubleshoot to achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake literature reviews, and develop reports, presentations, and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to drive successful grant writing to trusts, foundations and granting bodies (e.g. NHMRC, MRFF) collaborating with key personnel
  • Demonstrated ability to perform laboratory techniques including but not limited to molecular biology and immunological methods. These may include:
  • RNA, DNA, and protein work.
  • Tissue culture techniques (isolation and serial culture of primary cells or secondary cell lines).
  • Cell-based functional assays (e.g., cytokine release assays, ELISAs etc).
  • Perform histological and microscopy techniques including H&E staining. immunohistochemistry, and processing tissue samples.)
  • Flow cytometry and cell sorting
  • Collate, analyse, and interpret information and data, and present clear and concise recommendations and direction.
  • Some expertise in statistical analysis is highly regarded
  • Maintain detailed lab books, records, and databases.
  • Monitor inventory of consumables and ensure supplies are ordered as needed.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, ensuring that servicing and calibration are performed as needed.
  • Excellent understanding of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator Guidelines including Physical Containment 2 requirements.

Personal Attributes

  • A flexible, proactive attitude, including the capacity to acquire new skills and multitask
  • Ability to work autonomously with limited supervision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders including clinicians, scientists, clinical trial coordinators, patients, volunteers, fundraisers, administration staff and management
  • Collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders to develop a constructive, team-orientated environment which provides a positive experience to clinicians, researchers, external contractors and other internal staff.

Our Values

Alignment with our values is important to us. Please consider these carefully when applying:

  • Better Together – Our shared purpose drives collaboration, communication and support for each other
  • Safe Hands – We are accountable to ourselves, our patients and each other and our work is the highest quality we can possibly deliver
  • Joy in Our Journey – We make sure our team feels appreciated and valued. We connect meaningfully and have fun along the way.
  • Do The Right Thing – We choose to act with integrity and transparency, even when no one is watching.
  • Giving Hope – We keep futures alive through life-changing innovation and research and compassionate care.
  • Changing Lives – Each of has the power to make a difference and every little action counts. 

How to Apply:

  • If this sounds like you, please apply now, submitting your Resume and Cover Letter addressing your experience against the above criteria and any significant achievements you think we should know about in your roles to date.
  • In return, we offer a competitive salary with significant N-F-P salary sacrifice benefits, a dynamic and rewarding work environment and an opportunity to be part of an organisation that genuinely makes a real difference to the lives of the people it deals with.

 Closing date for applications is Monday 18 July 2022

Job Category: Research
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Auchenflower

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