Research Assistant Translational Immunology & Nanotechnology

at RMIT University

Research Assistant - Translational Immunology & Nanotechnology Research Program

  • Full-time, 1-year contract
  • Work on new therapies, vaccines, prognostics and diagnostics to help women with ovarian cancer
  • Support and conduct experimental procedures using animal models
  • Opportunities to learn new technical skill such as intravital non-invasive whole animal fluorescence imaging
  • Modern facilities and state-of-art equipment at RMIT Bundoora
  • Report directly to the Professor Magdalena Plebanski, Program Leader
  • Vibrant team and laboratory environment
  • Opportunities open to HEW Level 6 (dependent on experience)
  • Competitive salary packaging + 17% superannuation

Position Summary

You are an experienced Research Assistant whereby you will be accountable on multiple pre-clinical research projects towards the development of new cancer therapeutics. To be successful in this position, you must have working knowledge of animal handling skills and prior experience in performing routine experimental procedures such as IV, IP and SC injections independently. In addition, you will have sound knowledge of rodent anatomy such as mice. Coming into this position, you will perform lab assays and also the opportunity to learn intravital whole animal fluorescence imaging using the IVIS imaging system. Lastly, you will have excellent data entry and high attention to details to maintain updated databases on excel sheets.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Handle and monitor mice under experimental guidelines as well as to regularly collect and collate data which includes animal measurements i.e weight, abdominal girth
  • Perform small animal surgeries, substance administration (inhalation, oral, injectable) and sample collection (blood, tissue) as well as anaesthesia and fluorescence imaging of animals
  • Provide and oversee the housekeeping of the laboratory i.e. cleaning and tidying of equipment and glassware, prepare solutions and maintain good record keeping
  • Experimental procedures such as IV, IP and SC injections
  • Undertake lab assays and using IVIS imaging system to learn about intravital whole animal fluorescence imaging

Skills and Experience Required

  • Bachelor degree with Honours in Biological Sciences, Immunology, Oncology, Applied Sciences, Biomedical Sciences or any related discipline
  • Proven experience in animal handling i.e. mice
  • Possess an excellent record keeping skills and high levels of attention to details
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills to meet the demand of workloads and deadlines.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Passion and ability to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation.


Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices

Our Organisation

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

The School of Health and Biomedical Sciences have a strategic focus on chronic disease and integrative health care with cross-cutting themes of: Indigenous Health, Exercise & Nutrition, Ageing in Health & Disease, and Medical Devices, Diagnostics and Prognostics. The School is internationally and nationally competitive in the clinical and biomedical sciences. Research within the School is supported by modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. Details of the School can be found at:


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Be part of RMIT's academic life and attend various events and workshops
  • Access to RMIT staff gym (including free Yoga and Pilates classes)
  • 2% salary increase each year and annual leave loading of 1.35%
  • MYKI pass discount
  • Additional annual leave To find out more, please visit our website: RMIT Employee Benefits

To Apply

For further information, please contact Professor Magdalena Plebanski at 03 9925 7263. Alternatively, to view the position description, please click on the link and search using job reference number **575973.

Applications close on Tuesday 30th April 2019.**

Applicants are requested to upload updated resume and a cover letter of not more than two pages highlighting laboratory techniques and animal handling skills. Key selection criteria stated in the position description will be addressed at the interview. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check. RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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