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Work Type: REGULAR

Sub-Classification: Science & Technology

Location: Melbourne - Inner

Advertiser: ChemSkill

Date Posted: 16/06/2009

Position Filled: Yes




Biological Scientist- Research and Development Role

  • Excellent Opportunity in Research and Development
  • Friendly and Supportive Work Environment
  • Eight - Ten Month Contract with Great Remuneration
Our client is a government organisation with expertise in the properties, synthesis and analysis of chemicals. As this is a Australian Government role, ONLY Australian Citizens are eligible to apply.
Based in Melbourne, they are currently looking for a Biological Scientist to fill an 8-10 month contract.  The main duties will include:
  • Developing and validating molecular techniques for genotyping of plant materials.
  • Undertaking in vitro cell cytotoxicity assays to determine and compare the toxicity of purified toxin and crude toxin extracts.
  • Conducting test and evaluation required for the development of Surface Plasmon Resonance biosensors.
  • Validating and evaluating real-time PCR-based detection systems, such as RAZOR, with clean samples and samples containing PCR inhibitors.
  • Developing SOPs for sample preparations and Hand-Held assays as well as the decontamination of the equipment used.
  • Cultivation and preparation of bacterial cells and spores required for the development of molecular and/or immunological assays.
  • General laboratory equipment maintenance and duties.
An attractive hourly rate of $26 - $32 per hour plus super will be awarded to the successful candidates.
To be considered for these positions you will need to meet the following requirements:
  • Science degree in microbiology, biotechnology, immunology, molecular biology or similar.
  • MUST be an Australian Citizen.
  • Experience in all or most of the following areas:
    - recombinant proteins (cloning, expression, purification)
    - immunological assays (ELISA, western blot and Hand Held assays)
    - in vitro cell cytotoxicity assays using different cell lines
    - molecular DNA techniques (extraction, real-time PCR, cloning, sequencing)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the principles of molecular and immunological assays, coupled with general technical skills in one or more of microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology.
  • Practical experience with PCR and/or immunological assays for the detection of microorganisms and/or toxins, including practical experience in operating in PC2 level laboratories.
  • Good organisational skills in conducting scientific literature review and experiments, including a high level of professionalism in the conduct and recording of experiments to assure data integrity.
  • Self motivated with the ability to work under pressure; to balance time between a variety of tasks; and to adapt to changes to research projects.
  • Sound communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with the scientific community.    
To submit your application, please forward your resume together with a covering letter addressing all the above mentioned criteria to
To discuss this position, please call Helen on 03 9516 0100.
All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
PH: 03 9516 0100
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