Research Assistant in Epilepsy Genetics Research

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jan 6, 2022

Job Description:

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Epilepsy Research Centre

The Epilepsy Research Centre is a large cohesive research group investigating the genetic basis of the epilepsies. Led by Laureate Professors Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer, the Epilepsy Research Centre is world-renowned in the field of epilepsy genetics. The centre has strong research collaborations, both Australia-wide and international, and is paving the way for precision medicine in the epilepsies. The research group is situated at the Melbourne Brain Centre building at Austin Health, Heidelberg.

About the role:

The Research Assistant will be responsible for the recruitment of participants, in-depth phone and face-to-face interviews about individual and family seizure history, family pedigrees and sample collection. Other duties include coordination of appointments and investigations and liaison with medical professionals and other research groups.

In a typical week at work, you may:

The Melbourne Brain Centre is a world-renowned research facility, home to several high-achieving research groups. This position is a University of Melbourne academic position bringing with it many benefits of being part of the most highly-ranked University in the country including access to world-class research facilities, electronic research resources and highly productive and collaborative networks.

About You

You will possess meticulous attention to detail and maintain a high degree of accuracy and care in the collation of study data. A period of appropriate training and supervision will be provided for this position. Once trained the successful applicant is expected to be responsible for the day-to-day independent running of their own projects with minimal supervision, requiring a high degree of responsibility, self-motivation and organisation.

Ideally, you will further have:

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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