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Donor Support Officer

The Role

The SVI Foundation was established in 2004.  The focus of the SVI Foundation is on building relationships that advance the mission of SVI, by creating genuine engagement with donors and stakeholders to inspire increasing involvement and investment.

We are currently recruiting for a part-time Donor Support Officer working 3 days a week.  This role is integral in assisting the Foundation team to focus on the strategic fundraising direction of the Institute. You will provide core administrative functions to ensure maximum success for all fundraising activities and initiatives. Essential in the role is the maintenance and improvement of our donor database to assess and strategically track donor progress. You will also play a pivotal role in providing exceptional customer service to donors and the public.

Who we are seeking:

Our ideal candidate will enjoy a varied role and be a multi-tasker with superior organisational, administrative and IT skills. Strong and demonstrated database experience in CRM Raiser’s Edge and the ability to use database information in a strategic manner will be critical in this position. As a proactive team player you will be able to manage competing priorities whilst maintaining high attention to detail. You will be an excellent communicator with exceptional customer service skills.

Salary: commensurate with experience ranging from $65,000 to $75,000 per annum (pro rata) which includes $15,900 FBT exempt salary packaging, plus 9.5% superannuation.


Further information:  Nicola Peniguel  [email protected]

Applications via Seek only:

Applications to include:

Current CV (2 page maximum);  and

Cover letter addressing the selection criteria on the Position Description

Closing Date:

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Senior Quality Associate

Organisational Context

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) operates as a division of St Vincent’s Institute whose mission is to improve the health of the community by prevention, detection, or better treatment of common diseases. NRL was originally established as part of the Australian Government’s HIV and AIDS strategy. Today, NRL undertakes scientific activities that support the accurate diagnosis and management of a range of human communicable diseases. NRL provides unique and specialised services, including pre- and post-market evaluations of test kits, quality assurance programmes, specialised testing services, consultation, education and training for laboratories in Australia and worldwide.

The Role

NRL is currently recruiting for a part-time Senior Quality Associate to work 3 days a week with a view to move to full-time in 12 months.  The primary purpose of this position is to provide quality knowledge and deliver quality objectives and projects including support of the Islet cell isolator Program and to enable the translation of research discoveries and /or product/ service development. In association with the Quality and Risk Manager, the incumbent will assist in supporting the implementation and maintenance of the Quality Management System (QMS), execute QMS activities, support projects and provide quality support in the translation of research discoveries, developments and other new work into routine operations or for commercialisation. Compliance with industry legislation, codes, standards and guidelines will be enabled in order to ensure regulatory registration, accreditation and certification as required. The role will also involve training staff in QMS processes and requirements and providing expert advice to internal stakeholders on quality related matters.

Selection Criteria 

The scientist appointed at this level will hold Tertiary qualifications in pharmaceutical, medical or biological science. The successful incumbent will be scientifically, technically and quality experienced with at least 8+ years’ experience working in GMP, medical device or cell therapy environment, with a strong understanding of quality control procedures and relevant standards.  Ultimately to succeed in this role you will be capable of critical data and information analysis to enable informed decisions related to the QMS and the quality aspects of relevant activities and technical projects. 

Enquiries: Daniela Dittrich, Quality and Risk Manager [email protected]

Annual Salary range: $96,288 to $109,093 pa (pro rata) depending on relevant experience (includes generous $15,900 FBT-exempt salary packaging component), plus 9.5% Super

Applications via seek only:

Closing Date: 23 April 2021

Closing Date: Friday 23rd April 2021

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Senior Research Assistant

The Role

An exciting opportunity exists for a full-time Senior Research Assistant, experienced in biochemistry, to join a research program in the DNA Repair & Recombination Laboratory at SVI. The team aims to contribute to the understanding of cancer by studying familial cancer syndromes. These include disorders such as familial breast and ovarian cancer. All of these disorders share the feature of loss of normal DNA repair function. We work to understand the roles of the genes involved in these processes and have projects to exploit this knowledge for the development of novel therapeutics. 

The function of this Senior Research Assistant role is to undertake well defined experiments in the area of protein production and purification. Where necessary, the Senior Research Assistant will also provide similar skills and support to other projects and activities in the lab where priority is required, which may involve cloning in order to optimize protein production. This work will have implications for the understanding and treatment of cancer in the general population.

The key responsibilities of this role include:

Conducting laboratory experiments using a range of techniques, often with limited supervision;

  • Optimizing conditions for expression of proteins in bacterial and baculovirus (insect cell) systems,
  • Preparation of large-scale cultures,
  • Assisting with purification procedures,
  • Protein QC,
  • Preparation of protein from tissues and cells,
  • Western blotting, and
  • Cloning of genes and oligos into plasmids and subsequent validation

Laboratory Administration and Record Keeping;

  • Ordering of reagents from commercial suppliers,
  • Preparation of laboratory reagents,
  • Participation in laboratory rosters, and
  • Maintenance of laboratory notebooks with full details of experiments, observations and outcomes.

Preparation of data for presentation at laboratory meetings.

Working collaboratively and effectively in the laboratory group.

Ensuring all research is undertaken in a transparent and documented manner, in accordance with the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct in Research and SVI's Research and Governance guidelines. 

Maintenance of knowledge of relevant contemporary research processes and issues. 

Selection Criteria

  • A relevant science degree (with honors), or higher in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology or equivalent;
  • Proficiency and efficiency in at least one of; Protein purification or Molecular cloning; and
  • The ability to work efficiently with time constraints.

As well as qualifications and experience we are looking for the right mix of personal attributes. You will be able to work with a high level of professionalism and composure under pressure to meet agreed timelines.  You will have excellent time management and record keeping skills, as well as the ability and confidence to work independently.  Your attention to detail will be exceptional, and you will demonstrate this by using the word “random” in your cover letter at least once. You need to be as passionate about your work as we are, and excited by the opportunity to contribute and collaborate effectively as part of our team.

If you fit this profile then we would love to hear from you!

Salary: commensurate with experience starting from $80,000 per annum, plus 9.5% superannuation and generous $15,900 FBT exempt salary packaging.

Further information:  Dr Wayne Crismani.  [email protected]

To apply: All applications,  addressed to Dr Wayne Crismani should include include the following:

  • Current CV (1 page maximum);  and
  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria (1 page maximum)

Applications must be submitted via Seek only:

Supervisor:Dr Wayne Crismani

Research Unit:DNA repair & recombination

Closing Date: Friday 7th May 2021

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