Research Assistant (Level ARA)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 08 May 2022

  • Open to Australian Aboriginal Peoples and UniSA employees only
  • Full-time, fixed term contract until 31 December 2022 based in the Clinical and Health Sciences Unit at the City West campus
  • Commencement Salary: $72,218 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role

The Research Assistant will contribute to grant-funded research under the direction of the Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in order to achieve defined objectives and test stated hypotheses.

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.

At UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences we are addressing society’s most critical and emerging health needs through quality teaching, learning and research excellence. One of seven Academic Units, UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences offers a wide range of degrees and conducts world-class research in the fields of nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, medical sciences, laboratory medicine, and food and nutrition science with a strong focus on creating positive health outcomes for communities.

Home to the University of South Australia Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre and with key research concentrations in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, nursing and midwifery workforce development, drug discovery, pharmaceutical innovation, health and disease biology, and food nutrition and health, we continue to meet community health needs and contribute to a healthier society.

Core Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the planning of research by participating in planning sessions, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, undertaking pilot studies and assisting with the drafting of proposals and research grant applications
  • Contribute to the execution of research by maintaining daily comprehensive records of work performed and results of studies, as well as assessing the requirements for laboratory consumables and other appropriate resources
  • Contribute to the dissemination of new knowledge by assembling data for industrial reports, scientific papers, conference abstracts and grant applications
  • Contribute to the safe and ethical working environment

Essential Skills and Experience
  • A postgraduate qualification in cell biology, pharmacology, and drug discovery-related disciplines
  • Demonstrated experience in cancer cell biology, animal pharmacology, and knowledge of laboratory procedures relevant to the research program, specifically, evaluation of compounds targeting selected protein kinases
  • Demonstrated experience in the recording, analysis of, presenting and communicating research results
  • Knowledge of animal ethics guidelines, biosafety requirements and procedures and/or experience in the safe handling of potentially biological hazards, including but not limited to (human and animal) blood, plasma and tissues
  • High-level oral and written communication skills


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
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Staff study support

How to Apply

The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 0482 or via email at using job reference number 4060.

Applications close: 11.30pm Sunday 8 May 2022

To be eligible to apply for internal positions, you must either be an Australian Aboriginal Peoples, or a current UniSA continuing, fixed-term or casual staff member at the time the position is advertised and have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.


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