4 Aug
Preclinical Imaging Research Scientist

Are you passionate about preclinical imaging in the health and medical research sector? Do you love to work across modalities and develop new methods to solve research questions and accelerate discoveries? Do you want to be part of a team supporting cutting-edge cardiovascular research with innovative technology?

About us

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease and is one of the most respected heart research facilities in the world. The Victor Chang Innovation Centre, is comprised of seven cutting-edge Facilities aimed at advancing cardiovascular research. The Facilities feature cutting edge technology platforms with a focus on high-throughput systems, and world-class expertise. The Innovation Centre supports internal and external researchers, facilitating the development of better treatments for cardiovascular, vascular and other diseases.

We are currently seeking an exceptional person to join the Preclinical Imaging Facility in the Innovation Centre, as the Preclinical Imaging Research Scientist.

The role

As the Preclinical Imaging Research Scientist, you will report to the Head, Preclinical Imaging Facility, and work closely with the Senior Manager, Director and Deputy Director of the Innovation Centre, all Innovation Centre staff, Faculty and Operations team.

You will maintain and operate the instruments within the Facility, providing technical support and enabling researchers to undertake advanced preclinical imaging studies. You will train and advise researchers and work collaboratively with them on their studies. You will take an active role in the daily operations of the Facility, ensuring a high level of service, excellent user experience, capture of metrics for reporting, and compliance with all Work, Health and Safety standards.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide in-depth technical guidance in advanced preclinical imaging modalities (MRI, PET, ultrasound) to users of the Facility.
  • Induct, train and supervise users in the Facility.
  • Undertake small animal handling, anaesthesia and injections.
  • Maintain the Facility, and the instruments, including any preventative work/maintenance protocols.
  • Understand and comply with radioactivity safety, handling and regulations. Preparation of radio tracers for administration.
  • Commit to undertake further training and studies to develop skills.
  • Ensure that the relevant Work, Health and Safety standards of the Facility are compliant and aligned with the VCCRI's WHS policy.

Additional Opportunities

  • Learn advanced skills in preclinical imaging modalities aligned with the Facility growth strategy and user needs.
  • Develop novel techniques and image post-processing and quantification workflows, with a particular focus on cardiac imaging.
  • Support and work collaboratively with users of the Facility on imaging methodology, experimental design, ethics submissions and scientific publications.
  • Report research findings, perform data analysis, use statistical tools and undertake problem-solving activities in preclinical imaging.

Selection Criteria

Please apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Qualifications and/or experience in a discipline involving MR, PET and/or ultrasound imaging.
  • Extensive hands-on experience in the operation of preclinical imaging systems in a health research environment.
  • Experience with small animal handling, anaesthesia and injection techniques, and an advanced understanding of small animal physiology.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with, train and support others in the use of preclinical imaging experiments in a multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • Strong customer service ethic and approach.
In addition, please tell us about any experience you have with the following:

  • Hands-on experience in the use of research radiochemicals, preparations of tracers for administration and in-depth understanding of legislative requirements for PET imaging.
  • The design, development and implementation of new methods, optimisation of protocols, applications and associated imaging data processing and analysis.
  • Knowledge of cardiac physiology and imaging. 

What we offer:

  • Base salary of $80,000 - $100,000, commensurate with skills and experience.
  • Very attractive salary packaging.
  • State-of-the-art facilities.
  • Projects based on technologies at the forefront of industry.
  • Stimulating work setting focussed on cutting edge medical research.
  • Opportunities to collaborate and publish.
  • Excellent team and organisational environment.

We strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces diversity and gender equity and promotes flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs.

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

Your application should include a cover letter, selection criteria responses (3 pages maximum), CV and contact details of three referees.

​Closing date for applications is 1 September 2022. 

Please note: We are reviewing and shortlisting candidates as applications are received.