Research Officer/ Postdoctoral Researcher

at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Officer / Postdoctoral Researcher to join our Atherothrombosis and Vascular Biology Laboratory.

We pursue a broad range of projects that have the common focus of improving diagnosis and therapy of thrombotic and inflammatory diseases such as myocardial infarction and atherosclerosis. Most recently we have extended our research based on the successful application of our biotechnological tools for the targeting of activated platelets towards diagnosis and therapy of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, and cancer.

  • Based in Melbourne
  • Full-time, 1-Year contract
  • Generous Salary Packaging options


In this role you will be expected to:

  • Participate in the design, execution and management of a translational science laboratory project or research study.
  • Apply broad and innovative approaches and use previous experience towards the resolution of problems.
  • Perform literature reviews relevant to research.
  • Prepare research papers and manuscripts for publication and presentation at conferences and workshops, and actively participate in the writing of project reports, articles, grants and other documents.
  • Coordinate the conduct of experimental tests and procedures as well as the acquisition and critical analysis of research data.
  • Conduct or participate in staff conferences related to the progress of the project(s).
  • Assist in the design and implementation of complex statistical techniques and data processing systems to code research data and prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Develop new and/or revise current research methodologies, which may require the establishment of research controls, criteria and standards; overseeing the acquisition of necessary equipment; development and test of experimental designs, sampling techniques and analytical methods.
  • Participate in the development of general goals for the research project and in the planning of the field and/or laboratory work.
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of laboratory/research assistants, students, programmers and other support personnel; including supervision of undergraduate and graduate student projects.
  • Provide mentorship to all laboratory members and serve as a consultant to the project director, grant principal investigators and laboratory head.
  • Organise data for the preparation of proposals for new funding.
  • Assure compliance with occupational and safety programs.
  • Proactively attend team meetings and all relevant seminars and staff meetings.

Skills and Experience

Academic knowledge of a health science discipline such as immunology, biochemistry or molecular biology and the ability to translate, adapt and apply this knowledge that is associated with a PhD is essential. PhD with a research focus on molecular imaging of atherosclerosis and/or inflammation is highly desirable. Preferred experience include:

  • Biotechnology, particularly recombinant antibody design and production.
  • Nanotechnology for imaging and therapy.
  • Preclinical molecular imaging (Ultrasound, MRI, PET, CT and/or fluorescence imaging).
  • Molecular biology including cloning, cell biology, tissue culture, Western blotting.
  • Flow cytometric analysis of human and mouse cells and tissue
  • Histology experience, including histochemical stains and immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence.
  • Microscopy experience with murine cells and tissues using confocal, intravital and multiphoton microscopes.
  • Animal handling skills, including intravenous and intraperitoneal injections.
  • Preclinical models such as atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and other cardiac diseases.

Contact details

Ana Maluenda - Research Assistant/Laboratory Manager,

How to Apply for this job

Applications should include a current resume with details of 3 professional referees quoting reference (ROKHP02). To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa. For a full position description or further information, please visit our website at:

Melbourne Victoria Australia

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