Animal research


  • Salary package: $75,400 to $85,728 per year (HEW level 5), plus 17% employer pension contribution and annual leave
  • Type of appointment: Full time, 12 month CDD.
  • Location of Macquarie University (North Ryde)

The role

We are looking for an enthusiastic research assistant to work on various funded projects to develop new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in performing various laboratory techniques and demonstrate excellent laboratory research, data analysis, record keeping and communication skills. The Research Assistant will work directly with senior academics at the Dementia Research Center and liaise with a range of academics, researchers and administrative staff.

The successful candidate will provide experimental support and resources on research activities involving mouse models of dementia, including behavioral and biochemical analysis of mice, with the goal of developing and testing novel agents that can potentially arrest and reverse the course of Alzheimer’s disease. This should appeal to a highly motivated individual who wants to bring exceptional effort to a research team in neuroscience and drug development.

About you

With your experience in the service sector, you work with a minimum of supervision, show initiative and anticipate needs while respecting deadlines and objectives. Previous experience in mouse behavior and biochemistry, including immunocytochemistry and animal handling, is essential. You will be a research assistant experienced in the use of animals for research purposes and bring knowledge of behavioral analysis, protein biochemistry and microscopy to the role. Use your strong written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills to liaise with various stakeholders and assist in the preparation of research data for presentation and publication.

About Us

Macquarie is the university for pioneering minds. Globally recognized as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities are revealed. We helped people hear, brought wireless internet technology to the world and broke traditional boundaries by appointing Australia’s first female Vice-Chancellor.

The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Humanities at Macquarie University builds on our aspiration to have the country’s first fully integrated academic health sciences center under the direction of a university. It brings together the excellent work of medical and paramedical clinicians and researchers across the University and the country, with unparalleled access to the cutting-edge clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus.

Macquarie Medical School is committed to improving patient health through world-class basic and translational medical research. Within the school is the Dementia Research Center which provides an environment for innovative and interdisciplinary research in dementia and basic neuroscience. The Dementia Research Center is committed to providing a unique mentorship program and support to enable the growth of future leaders in neuroscience research.

Macquarie is a university committed to the real and often complex issues and opportunities that define our lives. Since our founding 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different kind of university. Over the years we have grown to become the center of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter (2 pages maximum) that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:

Essential selection criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in medical sciences, neurosciences, biochemistry or related discipline.
  • Experience handling and analyzing research animals for scientific purposes, including behavioral and biochemical analysis.
  • Knowledge of the principles of molecular biology and protein biochemistry.
  • Experience in PCR, DNA and protein extraction, Western blot, immunohistochemistry and similar molecular biology methods.
  • Experience with microscopy techniques, especially confocal and fluorescence microscopy desirable.
  • Work effectively as part of a team to undertake and complete research projects.
  • Work in a research laboratory with an understanding of laboratory health and safety practices and principles.
  • Excellent organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and manage time effectively.

This position requires you to comply with professional screening, assessment and vaccinations in accordance with Macquarie University requirements.

Given the current Australian Government’s COVID-19 border restrictions, applications for this position are only accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or persons currently residing in Australia with full employment rights.

Requests for specific roles: Janet van Eersel, Group Leader in Drug Discovery at [email protected]

Applications closed: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 11:55 p.m. (AEST)