First listed on: 13 November 2017

Research Assistant

  • Part-time or full-time maternity leave replacement role
  • World class research institute
  • Help the 3.7 million Australians affected by cardiovascular disease

About us

How often do you look at the world with a new perspective? At the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute we do it every day. It's in our DNA, our culture, our attitude and our approach.

For over 20 years, through the power of discovery, we have been able to imagine the unimaginable, revolutionising the understanding of heart disease – still the leading cause of death and disability in our society.

From the legacy of legendary heart transplant surgeon Victor Chang, The Institute's team have rapidly pioneered research with a shared and life changing vision – to reduce the incidence, severity and impact of heart disease.

Our values

  • To achieve excellence in research
  • To demonstrate creativity in the pursuit of scientific discovery
  • To act with honesty, integrity and fairness at all times
  • To undertake research that has significant impact and makes a difference
  • To promote a sense of teamwork and collegiality amongst staff and collaborators

At the Victor Chang Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces diversity and gender equity and promotes flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs.

Come and work with us and help us make a difference.

This Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic Honours graduate to join the laboratory of Professor Diane Fatkin. As a research assistant in the Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics Division, you will support a dynamic team of scientists studying genetic causes of heart disease both in human cohorts and zebrafish animal models. The ideal candidate will have experience in zebrafish research. Small animal echocardiography experience is highly desirable.

This is a maternity leave replacement role and available on a part-time or full-time capacity from December 2017.


  • Contribute to generation and maintenance of genetically-modified zebrafish lines
  • Cardiac function analysis using high frequency echocardiography
  • Analysis of heart structure using histological techniques 

Skills Required

  • Molecular biology skills
  • Small animal echocardiography experience
  • Experience in zebrafish husbandry


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Attractive salary packaging and superannuation options are available.


How to apply:
  • For further information about the role, please contact Professor Diane Fatkin, or visit our website -
  • If you would like to apply for this role, please send your cover letter, resume and contact details for three referees to
Closing date:
30 November 2017

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