Laboratory Scientist - Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics

Job No: GC257
Location: Darlinghurst

The Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) was established by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to deliver and interpret genome sequences for clinical use and to translate the benefits of genome sequencing into routine healthcare. KCCG was among the first three sites in the world to acquire the Illumina HiSeq X Ten sequencing platform, capable of sequencing 150 whole human genomes every three days. KCCG aims to be a clinically-accredited provider of whole human genomes in early 2016.


We are seeking a Laboratory Scientist to join our team. The position will be responsible for carrying out procedures associated with DNA and RNA sequencing on the Illumina sequencing platform, including sample quantification and preparation, DNA library preparation using high-throughput liquid handling robotics, manual RNA library preparation and sequencer operation; and will conduct other laboratory work as needed. This position will be worked as a shift roster and will require the successful applicant to work either an 11am to 7pm shift or 12pm to 8pm shift. 

The Laboratory Scientist’s daily duties will include:


  • Performing day-to-day work in a high throughput next generation sequencing laboratory
  • Performing QC of samples and raw sequencing data
  • Close collaboration with colleagues within and peripheral to the Genomics facility in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Participate in professional activities, which may include attendance or training at local and interstate conferences, workshops and seminars in their field of expertise
  • Develop a capacity for conducting, analysing and designing experiments and reporting research findings within and, where appropriate, outside the Program and Institute 

The successful candidates will possess the following key skills and experience:


  • Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or related field
  • Experience in a next generation sequencing lab and with Illumina platforms preferred
  • Knowledge of molecular biology equipment and related protocols required
  • Prior experience operating automated liquid handling systems preferred
  • Experience working in molecular pathology or a NATA-accredited facility beneficial
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, preferably with Mac OS
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment and multi-tasking skills are essential


How to apply

Please prepare and submit your application on our career site,  as per the directions below: 

  • A Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria above
  • Your Resume including 3 References
  • Copies of relevant qualification and your Academic Transcripts

Closing date

We are reviewing applications as they are received. This position will remain open until filled. 


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