Research Associate / Research Fellow

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Australia, WA
  • Jul 28, 2022
Medicine Full-time

Job Description:

Systems Biology and Genomics

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

This position is based within the Systems Biology and Genomics Laboratory, led by Professor Alistair Forrest and is part of the UWA Centre for Medical Research within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, based at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins) in Nedlands.

The Forrest lab is comprised of molecular, cellular and computational biologists, forming a multi-disciplinary team environment undertaking a diverse range of genomics and cancer single cell research. We are leading the Western Australian Cancer Single Cell initiative which is using single cell, single nuclei and spatial transcriptomic profiling to characterize hundreds of tumour samples kindly donated by patients around Perth.

About the opportunity

You will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team of molecular biologists and bioinformaticians that are applying experimental and computational approaches to map ligand-receptor interactions in normal and tumour tissues.

Your role will be in the development of cell-based and ex-vivo tissue assays coupled with single cell and spatial transcriptomics to study interactions between cell types.

You will under minimal supervision, trial different approaches to map cell-to-cell communication networks using single cell and spatial assays. You will work to develop methods, interpret results and write manuscripts. This position will provide the opportunity to learn a wide variety of methods in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File Research Associate_Forrest Lab_June 2022_Final PD.pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.


In line with the Western Australia COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Programme the successful applicant for this position will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status (or have a Vaccination Exemption Statement) before commencing work at UWA.

Closing date: 11:55PM on Wednesday, 24 August 2022

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Amy Marks on [email protected].

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

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