Research Assistant

  • New role within a collaborative and energetic team

  • Work in a translational research setting

  • Generous staff benefits including salary packaging to $18,550

About the Institute

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI) is embedded within the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. The ONJCRI’s mission is to discover and develop breakthrough therapies to help people live better with cancer or defeat it. Our research laboratories sit alongside patient treatment facilities to optimise collaboration between researchers and clinicians. The integration of laboratory and clinic ensures the rapid translation of scientific discoveries into clinical trials for the development of new cancer treatments. The ONJCRI is a global leader in the development of immunotherapies, targeted therapeutics and personalised cancer medicine and sponsors early phase clinical trials.

About the position

The position is located within the Oncogenic Transcription laboratory of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program, which is involved in basic and translational cancer research investigating the molecular basis for the development of cancers of the colon, stomach and biliary tract.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for the genotyping of several transgenic and knockout mouse colonies, performing drug injections and intervention studies in mice, and analysis of mouse tissues using DNA, RNA and protein-based techniques.  The Research Assistant will also be responsible for the culture and analysis of established cell lines and organoids, ordering of reagents, and for routine laboratory maintenance.

About you

To be considered for this role, you must have a science degree (preferably with Honours) in a relevant scientific area such as pharmaceutical or biological sciences, and demonstrated lab experience in a research role. Experience in working with and handling mice and maintaining mouse colonies, genotyping, cell culture, molecular biology and protein techniques (western blotting, PCR, gene overexpression or knockdown) are highly preferred. Some experience with histology and immunohistochemistry would be considered advantageous.

The successful candidate must be self-motivated and enthusiastic, possess exceptional organisational and time management skills, and excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work both independently and within a team. The successful candidate should also have a meticulous approach to experimental work and the ability to accurately process, store, retrieve and analyse clinical samples for data. 

As an ONJCRI staff member, you will have access to generous benefits including salary packaging of $18,550 per annum.

To download the position description click here.

To apply

Please forward your cover letter and CV with 3 referee details, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-045/2019 to Professor John Mariadason via email at

Closing date for applications: 26 April 2019

Due to anticipated high volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.