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Research Assistant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parcville

Role type: Part time; 24 month CDD

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne Medical School

Salary: Level A – $68,742 – $75,289 pro rata pa plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s No. 1 university and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

About Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is responsible for teaching obstetrics, gynecology, and neonatal pediatrics to medical students. The vision of the department is to be an internationally recognized center of excellence for academic obstetrics, gynecology and neonatal pediatrics, and its mission is to provide high quality academic services in a wide range of clinical, educational and research at its associated teaching hospitals, and especially at its major centres, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mercy Hospital for Women.

About the role

We currently have a 2-year position available for a motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant to support our growing team of translational women’s health researchers. This position will be based at NCHER in Epping. The Research Assistant position will be responsible for a range of laboratory and administrative activities to support the research group.

In a typical week at work, you can:

  • Processing of biobank samples and entry of associated data
  • Coordinate and participate in laboratory meetings and related research committees of Northern Health and University of Melbourne
  • Maintain accurate documentation and record keeping of work and manage the ordering and delivery of laboratory consumables/reagents
  • Research administration, including ethics and governance approvals and laboratory occupational health and safety reporting requirements

About you

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, which will enable you to be an effective member of a collaborative research team. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to collect and collate information accurately and reliably. You will have excellent organizational skills and the ability to undertake a range of tasks simultaneously and demonstrate computer skills, including spreadsheets, health research tools such as RedCap and ERM, and word processing. You will also demonstrate your ability and willingness to learn new techniques and follow established protocols.

Ideally, you will also have:

  • A BSc (Honours) or equivalent in Biological Sciences or Biomedical Sciences and research experience in a relevant discipline
  • Willingness to perform biobank sample processing and laboratory experiments on donated placental samples from first trimester surgical terminations of pregnancy (obtained with patient consent by other team members in under an approved ethics protocol)
  • Familiarity with human research ethics and local governance approval processes, or willingness to pursue relevant training
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to work both in a team and independently

Benefits of working with us

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

  • Flexible work arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • 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 each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages, disabilities or from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, your resume, and your responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

For information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

If you require 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 prioritizing applicants with valid work rights in Australia and applicants who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements:

Job Description : 0055690_ResearchAssistantNCHERbiobank_PD.pdf

Closing of applications: April 21, 2022, 11:55 p.m. AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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