Research Assistant (Cell-based Studies)

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is a not-for-profit, internationally recognised research leader in the fields of respiratory disease and sleep disorders. With a world class network of specialised researchers and clinicians, the Woolcock is committed to improving the respiratory and sleep health of all Australians through research, diagnosis, treatment, education, prevention and care.

The Woolcock Emphysema Centre is the new ‘go-to’ hub for Australia’s 300,000 sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and top researchers wanting to change the way this respiratory condition is treated. The Centre, run from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research headquarters in Glebe, Sydney, works to improve the lives of patients by ensuring earlier diagnosis, better treatment options and ultimately a cure which will allow thousands of people to avoid these conditions altogether.

The Centre is currently in need of an enthusiastic and dedicated Research Assistant to join the multidisciplinary team led by Professor Alaina Ammit (Director, Woolcock Emphysema Centre). The successful applicant will perform cell-based studies with the ultimate aim of developing novel anti-inflammatory strategies to improve lung function in people suffering from COPD. This position will see the chosen individual conduct cell experiments, manage tissue culture, oversee students within the laboratory and collect and maintain data.

Ideal for a recent graduate, we seek a suitably qualified candidate with an Honours degree (or equivalent) in science, medical/biomedical science, pharmacology, chemistry, biomedical engineering or pharmacy. The position offers career development and is potential pathway towards conducting a PhD in the future. The successful applicant will be based primarily at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Glebe.

This is an opportunity to contribute to the betterment of the community and take the first steps toward building a research career within one of the largest and most respected respiratory research institutions in Australia.

You will be responsible for:

  • Performing in vitro (cell-based) studies investigating the inflammatory basis of COPD.
  • Learning and performing standard and advanced testing (cell culture, Western blotting, RT-PCR, ELISAs, and other biochemical techniques).
  • Administrative tasks, data management and analysis, and technical troubleshooting.

To be successful in this role, essential skills, experience and qualifications are:

  • To be eligible you must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree in science, medical/biomedical science, pharmacology, chemistry, biomedical engineering or pharmacy (with first class honours or a second class, division one honours degree) or equivalent. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organisational and planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Attention to detail, flexibility and a willingness to learn.
  • The ability to meet deadlines as required.

Desirable skills are:

  • Research or work experience in the science field.
  • Knowledge and experience in cellular and molecular biology.
  • Publication/s in peer-reviewed journals would be desirable.

In return for your skills and experience, we offer the following:

  • Full-time position (1 FTE) position on a fixed term contract (1 year).
  • A variety of salary packaging options as well as a generous remuneration package as part of a non-profit organisation.
  • The opportunity to work for a leading research institute.
  • A potential pathway towards further research studies.

For further information about the Woolcock visit our website at

To apply please send your CV and covering letter outlining your key experience as it relates to this role to:

We will be accepting applications until a suitable candidate has been found and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.