The Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne seeks a Research Assistant to work with Dr Alexandra Corbett and Dr Zhenjun Chen in the McCluskey Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. We are interested in understanding the role of Mucosal Associated Invariant T (MAIT) cells in immune responses, particularly to bacterial infection, and the complex immune signals that drive the activation of these cells.
With support and guidance from senior academic staff, the Research Assistant will apply a number of different experimental procedures to characterize the MAIT cell responses to a range of microorganisms using specialised techniques, including flow cytometry, vaccination and infection of mice and cell sorting. Furthermore, the Research Assistant will be asked to test new approaches, design experiments, address technical problems, consult scientific literature, maintain well-documented lab records and contribute to the preparation of research manuscripts and animal ethics applications. The candidate will also contribute, as a team member, to general lab maintenance, including wash-up, maintaining catalogues and stocks or communal reagents.
The successful candidate will be enthusiastic with a strong interest in immunology and infectious diseases. They must have exceptional organisational skills, possess the ability to work within a team atmosphere and be a self-starter.