Research Assistant / Research Officer

Job No: BI81
Location: Melbourne


A full time Research Assistant or junior Post Doctoral Fellow position is available within the Crabb/Gilson Malaria Group. You will be primarily responsible for helping senior staff complete various laboratory based projects. The group’s main interests are in how malaria parasites invade, grow and reproduce within the human erythrocytes they infect. This information will be used to develop new anti-malarial drugs.



  • The applicant will be required to maintain parasite cultures and to prepare them for various laboratory-based analytical experiments. Tissue culture experience is therefore necessary.
  • As part of our experimental design genetic modifications will be made to Plasmodium parasites so experience in molecular biology, PCR, plasmid construction and transgenic approaches is necessary.
  • Various biochemical approaches will be used to analyse parasite proteins and so skills in western blot techniques, recombinant protein expression and other protein based techniques is preferable.
  • Fluorescence microscopy will be an important approach used to study parasites and experience in the fixing and antibody labelling of cells as well as in microscopy methods is preferable.
  • Drug based growth inhibition assays of parasites are routinely performed and knowledge of these techniques is preferable.

Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience, with generous salary packaging options available.  

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.



Prerequisite qualifications, skills and experience are listed in the attached Position Description.



To apply for this position, please complete the details below and attach the following documents:

  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria (as outlined in the attached position description)
  • Resume including the names and contact details of three referees

Applications close Friday 2nd March 2018 at 11:30pm AEDT (GMT+11)

As part of our commitment to gender equity, we have included a question in the application process on gender. This will allow us to monitor and report on gender in relation to our recruitment process. This field is not compulsory.

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