• The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Oct 6, 2021

Job Description:

About the role:

Part-time and/or full-time positions are available for this position of Technical Officer in Vertebrate Embryology and Reproductive Biology, providing technical and research support to projects aimed at developing genetic bio-control technology for elimination of invasive vertebrate pests.

This Lab works on the development of genetic bio-control technology (e.g. gene drive), which could have future applications for eliminating invasive vertebrate pest populations. The research involves the generation and analysis of genetically modified zebrafish models to investigate gene drive mechanisms and dynamics. We are also developing methods for genetically modifying three invasive pest species—cane toad, European carp and red fox—to drive population suppression. The role will report to Dr Stephen Frankenberg, Dr Patricia Jusuf, Dr Andrew French, and other members of the project team. The work will involve working closely with Lab members on specific tasks associated with this and related research projects, including standard molecular biology procedures, egg micro-injection, nuclear transfer, and animal handling and husbandry.

University course fees can also be salary packaged and come at a 25 per cent discount for staff and their immediate families. The University also offers a family-friendly environment for individuals that need increased flexibility, providing generous leave and working conditions.

The University has been recognised as an employer of choice for women. It is one of 40 organisations to participate in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot program of Athena SWAN in Australia.

About you:

Minimum Qualifications Required: B.Sc. (Hon)/Masters for research assistant appointment.

Skills and Experience required to fulfill the position:

Expertise in embryo micromanipulation or microinjection (especially ICSI) is highly desirable, but at a minimum applicants should have experience in embryo culture, cell culture, and/or developmental and reproductive biology of vertebrates.