Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant - Liquid Biopsy

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Personalised Medicine (PM)
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative and team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class research
  • Convenient Randwick location, across the road from the UNSW Light Rail Stop
  • Very Flexible working options

Children's Cancer Institute is wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer and is the only medical research institute in Australia solely dedicated to this cause. We are striving to ensure that number of deaths resulting from a diagnosis of cancer is ZERO. We believe that It’s not a question of if, but when, we will be able to realize this vision.

The Research Assistant is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ACRF Child Cancer Liquid Biopsy Program (ACRF CCLBP). In addition to supporting all molecular components of the program, major responsibilities include optimising, processing and running experimental protocols on patient samples, equipment maintenance, and the day-to-day operation of the facility.  The incumbent will ensure that samples are processed within defined time frames and to predetermined quality standards. They will also ensure that the technology and methodologies underpinning the program are performing to the highest standards and are providing the best outcome for patients. This role will work collaboratively with key designated contacts within Zero Childhood Cancer Program, Children’s Cancer Institute and Kids Cancer Centre, and in collaborating medical research institutes and paediatric oncology centres across Australia to deliver high return on both economic and research investment.

The role will suit a highly skilled research assistant with a friendly and outgoing personality who can work with people openly across all components of an organisation.  Critical to the role is a clinically orientated and organised approach with an eye for detail and experience in working across multiple priorities simultaneously.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

In fulfilling the core strategic objectives of the group, the role will be engaged in the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative environment
  • Run experimental protocols to support the research objectives of the program. Assist with routine operational processes including setup of molecular assays, extractions of nucleic acids, next generation library preparations and sequencing, single cell transcriptome analyses.
  • Working in a PC2 clean environment and pre-amplification spaces.
  • Assist with the implementation of liquid handling automation systems for process improvement
  • Ability to work with clinical samples to deliver timely and accurate data
  • Track and meticulously record all aspects of laboratory operations whilst ensuring patient confidentiality
  • Involvement in the testing and implementation of novel protocols related to minimally invasive liquid biopsy assays for paediatric cancers


Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in bio/medical Science or related life science field
  • Clinical or research molecular biology experience, with a strong scientific background in molecular mechanism is highly desirable
  • Experience with laboratory information management and quality systems desirable (LIMS, QMS)
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new scientific concepts, understand and prepare scientific related documentation
  • Demonstrated strong computer literacy, and proficiency using a range of software packages
  • Strong professional writing and verbal communication skills


This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website at: . We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please click the 'APPLY' link and forward both your resume AND cover letter (mandatory) clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required.

Note: Applications will be reviewed prior to the closing date; which is dependent on the status of the recruitment process. Only successfully shortlisted candidates will be contacted.