Research Support Officer

CBD & Inner Suburbs
Education & Training
$75,011 - $86,158 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)
Full time
Posted 8d ago

Job no: 0054682

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville - Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Melbourne Medical School

Salary: $75,011 - $86,158 (UOM 5)

Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Full time - 17% super

Salary: $75,011 - $86,158 p.a. (pro rata for part-time)

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 Department of Infectious Diseases

The Department of Infectious Diseases is a recently established department of the Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences that is based at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute). Research within the department encompasses infectious diseases including antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, influenza, viral hepatitis, sexually-transmitted infections, skin pathogens and emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Our researchers come from diverse backgrounds, including discovery research and basic scientists, clinician researchers, epidemiologists, public health physicians and microbiologists.

About the Role

Based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, this role will be working in a dynamic team assisting with research projects requiring experience in clinical microbiology and/or molecular biology that is inclusive of PCR, real-time PCR, DNA sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methodologies for pathogenic organisms.

This position represents an exciting opportunity to contribute to public health microbiology and pathogen genomics research with the potential to transform diagnosis of infectious diseases to improve patient care.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • plan and carry out appropriate laboratory and administrative processes for biobanking of clinical specimens and microbial isolates.
  • analyse and prepare data for experimental reports and communicate data to the supervisor.
  • perform molecular assays, including but not limited to PCR and next generation sequencing for the detection of a range of bacterial and viral pathogens.
  • assist with preparation and maintenance of ethics applications relevant to the collection, storage and use of clinical specimens and microbial cultures.

About You

You will have excellent time management and organisational skills with experience in performing and troubleshooting laboratory tasks and working with clinical samples. You must have strong communication skills including attention to detail for accurate and detailed written records of experiments and maintenance of databases. You will have great teamwork skills required to work closely and collaborate with a range of staff with the ability to adapt and work on multiple projects concurrently.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • completed an undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences or other relevant discipline; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • training in clinical microbiology and/or molecular biology that is inclusive of PCR, real-time PCR, DNA sequencing and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methodologies for pathogenic organisms.
  • experience with collection and curation of clinical samples, including database management and laboratory handling of clinical samples and microbial cultures.
  • proficient computer skills related to laboratory operations including Microsoft Word and Excel, and systems to manage central document repositories, such as regulatory and institutional documentation.
  • excellent administrative skills in a research laboratory, e.g. ordering of consumables and maintaining inventories; writing and updating laboratory SOPs.

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:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave options
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

To find out more, please visit

Be Yourself @ UoM

We recognise that our employees are at the core of all our successes and achievements. We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. We promote inclusive behaviour, and we actively seek to learn from each other. Indigenous Australians are strongly encouraged to apply for our roles.

Join Us!

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.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at We look forward to receiving your application!

View the Position Description:  DoID_Research Support Officer PD.pdf

Applications close: 06 Dec 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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