First listed on: 24 April 2024

About the Role 

The Research Associate will contribute to NHMRC-funded research under the broad direction of the Angioscience and Cardiovascular Development Group, as part of the Neurovascular Research Laboratory at the Centre for Cancer Biology. This work will involve using a broad range of developmental, cell, molecular biology and single-cell sequencing techniques to understand how neural crest cells contribute to normal development of the heart, and how disfunction of these processes can underpin congenital heart disease. 
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. 

The Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) is an alliance between the University of South Australia and CALHN and is co-located with other cancer-focussed researchers within a purpose-built building in Adelaide’s Biotech and Medical Precinct. The CCB studies the fundamental causes of cancer in order to find new ways to prevent and treat the disease and is a recognised hub for innovative science leading to breakthrough therapies.

Core Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to the planning of research by participating in planning sessions, offering new ideas on research directions, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information
  • Contribute to the execution of research by actively participating in the production of data with limited freedom to explore possible new methods and directions, designing experiments including appropriate controls, according to the planned aims of the research
  • Contribute to the dissemination of new knowledge by drafting reports, abstracts, scientific papers and other instruments providing accounts of research understanding and the findings observed. 
  • Contribute to a safe and ethical working environment

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • A postgraduate qualification in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, developmental biology, or a related discipline
  • Experience, as demonstrated in the track record of publications or PhD/Masters Thesis work, in cell and molecular biology techniques including cell/tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, molecular cloning, RNA/protein expression analysis
  • Experience in or capability to learn bioinformatic analysis of RNA sequencing and single-cell datasets
  • Willingness to work with animal models of embryo development
  • Demonstrated experience in presenting and communicating research results


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% 
  • Flexible working conditions 
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees 
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on-site gym membership 


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

Start Your Unstoppable Career

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.  
Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Consultant: Recruitment Central.  For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 6069

Applications close: 11.30pm Monday 20 May 2024

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment. 

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