First listed on: 26 March 2019

Laboratory Assistant 

  • Opportunity for a Laboratory Assistant to provide research support and assistance to staff and students using the research and clinical laboratory
  • Located at Kolling Insitute Tumour Bank, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
  • 12 month Fixed term, full-time contract, base salary $67K plus leave loading and 12.5% superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for a Laboratory Assistant to join the Kolling Institute.

As the Laboratory Assistant working within the Kolling Institute Tumour Bank, you will be responsible for providing effective technical support in the laboratory including collection and processing of specimens, database maintenance, general maintenance and cleaning of laboratory equipment and routine tests and checks. Through initiative and judgment, you will strive to drive specific results and outcomes and lift the capability of the research function and drive efficiencies associated with day-to-day laboratory operations.

You will be responsible for:

  • providing research support and assistance to staff and students using the research/clinical laboratory.
  • assistance in reporting and documentation for the work area.
  • maintaining the laboratory workplace so that the research, learning and teaching requirements of the work area are met

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Laboratory Assistant who has:

  • completed relevant training and is certified to work in a laboratory, with a willingness to undertake further studies to better develop their skills in laboratory techniques/methods
  • intermediate to advanced computer skills, including storing research data appropriately in databases and/or statistical analysis programs, and extracting relevant reporting and/or analysis
  • sound working knowledge and acute awareness of safety regulations and operating procedures within the laboratory environment including experience in working with hazardous substances with well-rounded experience in implementing safety procedures relevant to the laboratory
  • demonstrated understanding of privacy issues surrounding tumour banking
  • proven ability to apply theoretical knowledge and techniques to meet key accountabilities

About us

The Kolling Institute Tumour Bank is comprised of  breast, gynaecological, upper gastrointestinal,  neurological, endocrine and colorectal tumours. This bank contains tumour (and sometimes adjacent normal) tissue, blood and clinical information, collected with informed consent from patients undergoing surgery for the removal of tumour tissue. In addition, we house a Healthy Volunteers serum and EDTA whole blood bank, are a collection site for the INOVATe Study, based at the Westmead Institute and the Sydney 1000 Bowel Cancer Study.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 402/0319F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Closing date: 11:30pm Wednesday 3 April 2019 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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