17-May-18
The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) is one of the largest medical research institutes in Australia, conducting research across infectious and immune diseases; cancer and leukaemia; liver and metabolic diseases; eye and brain related disorders and heart and respiratory disorders. WIMR is proudly affiliated with The University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital.
 
The role will report to CIs in the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and will work in laboratories at WIMR and Westmead Hospital.
 
This is a full-time, 2 years and 6 month contract position. 
 
Position description:
The Molecular Biologist will provide experimental support for an NHMRC-funded project studying natural conjugative plasmids found in clinical isolates, with the aim of developing therapeutic plasmids that can be used to rid bacterial isolates of plasmids carrying important antibiotic resistance genes.
 
Primary duties are to assist with genetic engineering of plasmids and carry out plasmid stability and host range experiments, as well as experiments to test plasmids in mice. This will require skills in molecular biology and molecular genetics bench work, including DNA/RNA extraction and analysis, PCR analysis, bacterial conjugation, cloning, mutagenesis experiments, next generation sequencing and sequence data analysis. The role will also involve assisting with processing and storage of clinical samples and maintaining databases.
 
Major Responsibilities
Perform laboratory experiments assigned by supervisors
Support the achievement of project goals by undertaking a range of research and administrative support tasks, including data collection, recording and analysis; preparing and documenting results in accordance with established research objectives, timeframes and protocols
Assist in preparing research reports and other documentation, including undertaking literature reviews and data analysis
Comply with established research methodology, ethics, policy, protocols, and other regulatory requirements
Maintain effective communication with supervisors, colleagues, and collaborators to support and facilitate research objectives
 
To be successful you will need:
A PhD in Molecular biology/Biotechnology/Microbiology or a related area OR A tertiary qualification in biomedical sciences and substantial relevant skills and work experience
Sound knowledge and practical working experience in advanced molecular biology techniques, including gene cloning, mutagenesis, sequencing.
Sound analytical, technical and data analysis skills and a demonstrated capacity to apply effective technical methods.
Proven organisational skills and attention to detail, with a demonstrated ability to prioritise own workload and to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, meeting competing deadlines and delivering high-quality outcomes.
Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to draft various research-related papers.
A background in microbiology/bacteriology/plasmid biology and experience in small animal handing, next-generation sequencing and analysis of sequence data, and/or use of statistical software are desirable.
 
Closing Date: 17 June 2018
 
Click here for a copy of the position description.
 
Applications should include a Covering Letter quoting the Reference Number R072018 that specifically addresses each of the selection criteria outlined in the position description and a Resume with contact details for at least two referees. 
 
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