Research Officer – Neurotranscriptomics Laboratory At Garvan Institute of Medical Research

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research brings together world leading researchers and clinicians, collaborating locally and globally, to improve human health. Our mission is to harness all the information encoded in our genome to better diagnose, treat, predict and prevent disease. From the individual patient with rare disease, to the many thousands affected by complex, widespread illness, we are pioneering discoveries across diseases that have the deepest impact on our community.


We are currently seeking a talented and driven Research Officer to join the Neurotranscriptomics Laboratory of Associate Professor Robert Weatheritt.

The Research Officer will develop a project aimed at using functional genomics and/or high-content imaging to investigate the function of alternative splicing and other post-transcriptional processes on cellular phenotypes with a focus on either understanding the role of membraneless organelles during viral infection or the development of isoform-specific therapeutics. The position will involve the use of CRISPR-Cas9 technology, APEX-sequencing, next-generation sequencing (including single-cell RNA-seq), bioinformatic tools and a variety of molecular and cell biology approaches. The ideal candidate will have experience in CRISPR-Cas9/13 technology and/or single molecule imaging approaches. The fully funded role will be full-time for 1/2 years in the first instance.

Salary: Up to $101,800 + 14% Super + salary packaging (dependent on experience)

Employment Type: Full time 2-year Contract


  • Generous salary packaging to save you income tax on your wages thereby boosting your monthly take home pay (max. $15,900 general expenses + $2,650 meals/accom)
  • Ample opportunities for on-going training and development
  • Stimulating, diverse and highly international research environment
  • Flexible work arrangements e.g. start / finish times
  • 18 weeks paid parental leave for both parents including paid superannuation
  • A range of additional leave types to meet your personal needs including cultural leave, conference leave, community service and study leave
  • Discounted Health Insurance
  • Lifestyle discounts with our community partners


The key responsibilities include:

  • Designing experiments. Collating and interpreting results
  • Producing rigorous empirical results, generating publication-quality images and text, and leading the development of peer-reviewed publications for high quality journals.
  • Performing CRISPR experiments to evaluate the impact of genomic and transcriptomic changes
  • Presenting research methods and results at national and international conferences
  • Producing and submitting fellowship and other funding applications


The key skills and experience of a Research Officer include:

  • PhD or MD in a relevant area
  • Experience or interest in studying fundamental aspects of RNA biology
  • Extensive experience with wet laboratory techniques is expected
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Have a strong commitment to continuous delivery of high-quality work
  • Have excellent communication skills for written reports and oral presentations
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively with researchers across laboratories
  • Be well organised and a good time manager with sound administrative abilities
  • Molecular biology skills, e.g. PCR, cloning, mutagenesis
  • Experience in single molecule imaging approaches and/or CRISPR technologies
  • Proficient in computational biology and have previous experience analysing genomics data.
  • Ability to rapidly learn new skills.
  • Experience in drafting and finalising scientific manuscripts.
  • First-author publication(s) in high impact journals
  • Experience supervising students and/or junior staff


The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is an independent Medical Research Institute (MRI) in Sydney, delivering scientific and clinical impact on a global basis and in partnership with organisations that share our vision. We are proud to be one of Australia’s largest and most highly regarded MRI’s.

Our vision is global leadership in discoveries to impact and our enduring purpose is to impact human health, by harnessing information encoded in our genome.

We seek to see our world-class discovery research achieve life-changing impacts, not only for individual patients with rare diseases, but for the many thousands affected by complex, common disease.

Garvan promotes a diverse workplace and is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. We are always looking for culture ‘add’, not culture ‘fit’ and are building diverse teams with great sets of complementary styles and skills to help deliver our important work effectively.


To apply for this position, please submit your application with a CV and cover letter as one document, stating why you are interested in this role. We are reviewing applications as they are received. If you think you’re the right person for this role, we’d love to hear how your capabilities, achievements and experience set you apart. Only applicants with full working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.


February 2024