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27 May
Research Assistant - Vascular Epigenetics

Research Assistant – Vascular Epigenetics

Full-time, 2-year fixed-term contract.

Onsite. Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW

Reporting to: Head, Vascular Epigenetics​

The role

As Research Assistant in the Vascular Epigenetics Laboratory, headed by Dr Renjing Liu, you will play a crucial role in contributing to studies that will uncover the fundamental processes involved in vascular disease development.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to significant scientific discoveries and work alongside leading experts in the field.​

About you

You are a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual with a strong passion for research, holding a Bachelor's degree in Science (Honours) with at least one year of lab experience.

You are capable of performing independent work and thrive in an environment that values professional development through high standards and constructive feedback.

Innovation, collaboration, and a passion to advance research drive the success of the Vascular Epigenetics team. The team fosters a supportive, collaborative, and fun work environment, valuing camaraderie and inclusivity.

If you are a positive individual looking to contribute to our team culture, and are motivated to develop your scientific skills further, we encourage you to apply.​

What we will trust you with

  • Assist in the design, implementation, and execution of research studies related to vascular diseases (including literature reviews, data collection, and analysis).
  • Conduct laboratory experiments, maintaining records and ensuring adherence to protocols.
  • Assist with animal surgeries, perform injections, and pre and post-op monitoring.
  • Tissue harvesting and preparation for downstream uses, including histology, RNA, and protein analysis.
  • Manage and organise research data for analysis.
  • Collaborate with fellow researchers and team members from other labs, contributing to the preparation of research reports, presentations, and publications.
  • Keep up to date with industry developments and techniques, continuously enhancing your knowledge and skills.

Special requirements

  • Some out of hours work may be required.​

Does this sound like you?


  • Bachelor of Science (Cellular/Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or a related field). An Honours or Master's degree is preferred.
  • Some previous laboratory/wet bench experience.
  • Demonstrated experience quickly adapting to change and acquiring new skills.
  • Strong organisational skills and high attention to detail.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a collaborative team and to communicate with a diverse range of people.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Committed to undertaking continued professional development.


  • Animal and cell culture experience.
  • Previous experience with using transgenic mouse models for studies, particularly knowledge and experience using the Cre/loxP system.
  • Experience with i.p., i.v., and s.c., injections.
  • Experience with tissue harvesting.​

About us

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (the Institute) is dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease and is one of the most respected heart research facilities in the world. Renowned for the quality of its breakthroughs, the Institute was established in 1994 and has grown to a team of more than 200 researchers from around the globe, working across five divisions.

A global centre-of-excellence, it integrates Cardiac Physiology and Transplantation, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology, as well as Vascular Biology. At the Institute, we translate our discoveries into new diagnostics, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease - reducing the incidence, severity, and impact of heart disease. ​

What you will be proud of

Being part of an Institute that is not only dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease, but one that also strives to ensure our employees and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces diversity, gender equity and promote flexible working arrangements for all employees.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. We also welcome applicants with diverse educational backgrounds, professional knowledge, personality types, thinking styles and life experiences. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

What we offer

  • Salary packaging/sacrificing (up to $15,900 per annum plus $2,650 for meals and entertainment)
  • State of the art facilities
  • A stimulating and work setting focused on cutting edge medical research
  • Collaborative team environment
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities
  • The chance to be a part of groundbreaking research that makes a real difference in people's lives​

Come and work with us & help make a difference.​