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Research Assistant – Molecular and Cellular Otolaryngology (MCOL)

One in six Australians have a hearing loss, expected to rise to one in four by 2030.  Ear Science Institute Australia (Ear Science) is dedicated to creating solutions for ear and hearing disorders.

If you currently hold a BSc Hons or equivalent in Biomedical Sciences or a related discipline, we want to hear from you.

The Ear Science research team has a full-time Research Assistant position available.

To qualify for this position, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Degree (BSc Hons or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
  • Proficiency with stem cell methods and their application, including cell culture, histology and molecular biology techniques.
  • Excellent abilities in problem solving, record keeping, data presentation and working in a team environment.
  • A demonstrated ability to contribute to writing and submission of journal articles.
  • Ability to assist in supervision of students for undergraduate projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and set priorities.
  • Knowledge of safety issues relating to work in PC2 level facilities, the use of laboratory equipment and chemicals.

The following criteria will be highly regarded but is not essential:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel software packages.
  • Ability to work under limited supervision from senior research staff.
  • Experience with laboratory quality management systems.

Working amongst researchers and clinicians at Ear Science, the successful candidate will culture pluripotent stem cells for organoid differentiation models, RNA and protein extraction; maintain a frozen cell bank and associated database; identify and adapt new techniques for application in the MCOL research area;  order and maintain laboratory consumables as required; assist in performing and analysing research projects as required; assist in writing research protocols and publications as well as maintain a clean laboratory space, organising laboratory equipment and supplies and basic reagent/solution preparation and maintenance of stock solutions.

Applicants who are successful will work closely with the Head of MCOL Research, Adj. Assoc. Prof. Rodney Dilley and Senior Research Fellow Elaine Wong and be based at the Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Facility at QEII Medical Centre in Perth, Western Australia.

Ear Science research aims to produce translational outcomes and your contribution will be critical to impacting the lives of those suffering with hearing loss.

This position is currently available and applications are sought.

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Ear Science Institute Australia is a world leader in ear and hearing research.  Our strengths in research include tissue engineering, cellular and molecular biology, hearing implants and service delivery (including telehealth). Ear Science’s research is focussed on translating the research findings into clinical practice, ensuring that both patients and clinicians receive evidence-based solutions.