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CLOSED: Job: Research Assistant - Kinomics in P. falciparum, Monash University

August 4, 2011 - 19:57 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

 Job No.:  497276    
 Organisation: Monash University
 Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Microbiology
Location: Clayton Campus, Victoria, Australia
Employment type: Full time
Duration: 12 month fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: $68,039 - $73,441 HEW Level 06 (includes 9% employer superannuation)

  • Leading international university
  • An Australian leader in education, research and work fexibility
  • One of Australia's leading Microbiology departments
At Monash, we want our research to change things for the better, our teaching to set us apart and our social justice agenda to make a global difference. To continue achieving these objectives, we need people who have the same ambitions.

To attract excellent people we know we need to offer excellent benefits and conditions. That's why when you join Monash, you'll join a workplace where fairness and flexibility are standards, not afterthoughts. We offer a variety of professional development opportunities, support for research, generous maternity/parental leave and work arrangements that acknowledge one size doesn't fit all.

The Opportunity
Almost one million people, mostly young children in sub-Saharan Africa, still die each year from infection by Plasmodium falciparum, a protozoan parasite (phylum Apicomplexa). This is one life lost every 10-30 seconds. Three other Plasmodium species (P.vivax, P. Ovale, P. Malariae and P. knowlesi) infect humans, causing a heavy morbidity burden in affected areas, but are not as lethal as P. falciparum. Malaria parasites bear a considerable impact on the development of many countries in tropical and subtropical regions. The problem has grown more acute over the last decades, with resistance to commonly used antimalarial drugs being now widespread.

In the context of the arrival of Prof Christian Doerig, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our new and friendly collaborative laboratory in the Department of Microbiology, and contribute to advance our understanding of kinomics inP. falciparum.

As part of this team, you will be expected to integrate into a friendly and highly interactive environment, and work collaboratively with others across the Monash Clayton campus. We place an emphasis on team spirit, cooperation and career advancement.

To be successful, you must have:

  • At least four years experience in biological research;
  • Experience in cell culture;
  • Experience in standard molecular biology techniques (including PCR, Southern/western blotting, molecular cloning);
  • Well developed organisational skills (e.g. managing stocks of consumables and collections of biological samples); and
  • Proficiency with basic informatics tools (Excel, PowerPoint, basic bioinformatics, etc).
Experience with culture of malaria parasites in red blood cells and managing a laboratory will be highly regarded.

You will be employed for one year in the first instance with a January 2012 start date.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash jobs". Please also include your latest academic transcript with your application.

Professor Brian Cooke, Microbiology on, +61 3 9902 9146
Professor Christian Doerig, on +41 21 693 0983 or e-mail:

Position Description
For the full description of this position click here.

Closing Date
Friday 30 Sep 2011, 11:55pm Aus. Eastern Standard Time

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