Research Assistant

  • Exciting research opportunity – fixed term for 12 months

  • Full time or part time (0.8), flexible hours

  • 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.

About the position

The Research Assistant will be located in the Matrix Microenvironment and Metastasis Group within the Translational Breast Cancer Program, which is involved in basic/pre-clinical research investigating the molecular basis of breast cancer metastasis, the contribution of matrix proteins in this process and the development of novel targeted therapies.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Performing drug and dietary intervention studies in mice
  • Analysis of mouse tissues using DNA, RNA and protein based techniques including qPCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, FACS and microscopy
  • 2D and 3D culture of established cell lines
  • In vitro-based functional assays (proliferation, adhesion, migration, invasion, zymography)
  • Production/purification of recombinant proteins and antibodies
  • Development and optimisation of assay protocols
  • Genotyping of several mouse colonies
  • 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, genotyping, cell culture, molecular biology, protein techniques (western blotting, PCR, gene overexpression or knockdown) are required. Some experience with flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and gene cloning 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 enter, process, store, retrieve and analyse 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 curriculum vitae, including referee details, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-042/2019 to Dr Normand Pouliot via email at

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 March 2019