Research Assistant, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parkville

Role type: Full time/Fixed-term for 12 months

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Biochemistry and Pharmacology 

Salary: Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About – Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) plays a vital role in the delivery of the University of Melbourne’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020: Growing Esteem by providing current and future generations with education and research equal to the best in the world. It is Australia’s largest and leading biomedical research faculty. It employs more than 1,700 members of staff, has more than 8,000 students, and total revenue of $607 million for 2015. Reflecting the complexity of today’s global health landscape, the Faculty is made up of six different Schools and four Strategic Research Initiatives, and draws together all areas of human health, ranging from the most basic to the most applied areas of research.

About the Role

The Research Assistant role will work across several supported projects and will involve coordination of an observational clinical trial at The Royal Children’s Hospital/ Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and carry out various duties including biological assays at Bio21, University of Melbourne. This position may require some travel; therefore, the successful candidate must have access to a reliable vehicle and be willing to visit research participants in their homes up to 1.5 hours away.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Coordinate the Serial Paediatric Omics Tracking in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (SPOT-ME) observational clinical trial including liaising with clinicians, recruitment, conducting standardised assessments with children aged 12 to 19 years face-to-face at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and via online platforms
  • Comply with lab documentation requirements and “good laboratory practices”
  • Actively participate at School and/or Faculty meetings.
  • Provide effective training of research students where required

About You

The ideal candidate will be someone who wishes to further develop their knowledge in translational research and is comfortable working within both laboratory and clinical research settings. You will possess the personal and professional skills needed to conduct the work detailed below on a day-to day basis with appropriate senior support and supervision of the Project Leaders. You will have an interest in adolescent health and be confident working with children and young adults and their families.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Appropriate undergraduate degree in biological or medical sciences
  • Minimum of one-year laboratory experience (may include honours) in the field of biochemistry or related field or minimum of one-year clinical research experience (may include honours).
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and achieve team objectives and results within set timeframes, while also working constructively with supervisor/mentor, and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong time management, organisational skills with a strong ability to multi-task.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected]

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements:

Position Description: 0055883_Research Assistant_PD .pdf

Applications close: 26th MAY 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time