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Research Assistant

Melbourne, Australia
Start date
24 May 2024
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Clinical Research
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Job Details

  • RNA Therapeutics
  • Industry Role
  • Drug Development
The Company
Our client is a Melbourne-based, venture capital funded biotechnology company, developing innovative medicines for chronic inflammation. Acknowledging the inherent challenges of early-stage drug discovery, they are building a team who value hard work, persistence, inclusivity, open-mindedness, and enjoy a challenge. In doing so, their goal is to advance their RNA therapeutics technology and create new treatment options for difficult-to-treat inflammatory diseases.

The Role
Under the guidance of the Principal Scientist, you will assist in establishing and running a new shared lab space to facilitate preclinical research activities. You will complete experiments and generate high-quality data towards the advancement of our client’s preclinical program, which will include:
  • Applying a broad range of molecular, protein chemistry, cell culture, and biochemistry techniques to examine the effects of RNA therapeutics on cells, tissues, and eventually animal models.
  • Handling and maintaining primary cells and established cell lines, to help optimise cell-based assays and contribute to the development of new cell-based screening assays.
  • Collecting, organising, and analysing experimental data using various software tools and statistical methods and assisting the interpretation and reporting of results.
  • Working closely with the Principal Scientist to establish and manage a research laboratory, including procurement of consumables, kits, reagents, and equipment.
  • Assist in developing, reviewing, and maintaining risk assessments and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for laboratory activities and equipment operations.
The Requirements
  • Bachelors, Masters or Tertiary-level post graduate qualification in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, or related discipline.
  • Hands-on experience conducting molecular and cell biology techniques using in vitro and in vivo models commonly used in development of RNA therapeutics.
  • Ideally an understanding of the drug development process and preclinical research activities.
The Application:
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please email any questions you may have to or call 1300 063 932 to arrange a confidential discussion with Shayalini Wignarajah or Mark Thomas. To apply, visit our website at and click Apply Now to submit a copy of your current CV and cover letter for consideration.

Please note that this role is open at two levels and the position title offered to the successful candidate may be Research Assistant or Research Officer, depending on experience.

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