Research Assistant (Level ARA)

Updated: 19 days ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 30 Jun 2024

  • Based in the Future Industries Institute at the Mawson Lakes Campus
  • Full-time, fixed-term contract until 1 December 2025
  • Commencement salary: $77,390 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role

Reporting to the Professorial Lead, you will provide support for animal research projects, including Plasma Flush – translating cold plasma technology as an antimicrobial wound irrigation towards clinical trial, funded, and A stimuli responsive dressing for treatment of wound infection in Epidermolysis Bullosa. 

About UniSA 

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity. 

The Future Industries Institute  brings together world-class strength in high-tech manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering plus environmental science, with the end goal of building economic growth through innovative partnerships and translational research. The Institute builds on the significant capability, infrastructure and reputation of the University’s existing research strengths and substantial research infrastructure and supports state and national research priorities. 

Core Responsibilities 

  • Conduct high-quality research under general supervision and broad direction to contribute to the successful project grant outcomes 
  • Design and perform experiments involving in vivo wound models (small and large animal models) to fulfil the requirements of the grant application as well as other industry projects as they arise 
  • Contribute to the development of animal ethics applications, IBC applications and chemical risk assessments to ensure that everything is undertaken according to the latest WHS regulations and biosafety protocols 
  • Provide advice to postgraduate students, internship students and visiting students in the appointee’s area of expertise 
  • Prepare or contribute to the preparation of refereed journal publications, conference and seminar papers arising from the research 

Essential Skills and Experience 
  • An Honours degree in Biomedical and/or Animal Sciences and/or relevant research experience 
  • Skills and experience using in vivo models, including animal handling, anaesthetics, clinical management, record keeping and writing animal ethics applications 
  • Experience in tissue processing, histology and immunohistochemistry 
  • Experience of protein analysis including Western blotting 
  • Project management skills, including the ability to initiate, plan and manage projects ensuring milestones are met 


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:  

  • Access to great personal development opportunities  
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%  
  • Employee assistance and development programs  
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees  
  • A variety of leave arrangements 


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results.  

Start Your Unstoppable Career 

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA . The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.   

Please address your cover letter to Kiara Lalli, Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at [email protected]  using job reference number 6249.  

Applications close: 11.30pm Sunday 30 June 2024 

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.  


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