Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Research Officer - Eating Disorders

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Sydney, Darlinghurst, Australia

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Garvan) is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes, with over 600 scientists, students and support staff.  Its mission is to make significant contributions to medical research that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health. Garvan’s research encompasses immunology, bone biology, neuroscience, diabetes and metabolism, cancer, and genomics and epigenetics. These research activities are organised within four themes: Cancer, Inflammatory Diseases, Healthy Aging, and Genomics, and two Centres: the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics and the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics.


The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a talented and driven Research Officer to join the laboratory of Professor Herbert Herzog. This is a key position that will become an integral part of an already established team of experts who study the molecular mechanisms controlling appetite, energy expenditure and adiposity using several different conditional knockout mouse models.  He/she is also expected to demonstrate competence in in situ hybridisation, immunohistochemistry and other related localisation techniques. Expertise in opto- and chemogenetic techniques is also an absolute requirement.


This full-time position is offered on a 2-year term in the first instance.


Key Responsibilities

The Research Officer – Eating Disorders will be responsible for:

  • In vivo and in vitro analysis of parameters from Y-receptor knockout mice using physiological, cell culture and immunohistochemical techniques
  • Perform opto- and chemogenetic experiments to evaluate a variety of parameters in relation to feeding behaviour and energy homeostasis control
  • Collating experimental data, writing up experimental procedures and interpreting experimental results
  • Being mainly responsible for the writing of manuscripts, with an emphasis on submissions to highly quality journals
  • Communicating your research as well as relevant publications and developments in the field to those involved
  • Recommending ways of improving techniques, quantitative methods and quality control


About You

The Research Officer – Eating Disorders should have a PhD degree and a strong background in neuroanatomy and demonstrated competence in in situ hybridisation, immunohistochemistry and other related localisation techniques. Expertise in opto- and chemogenetics is also an absolute requirement. You should also be able to demonstrate autonomy and consistent work quality as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit your application with:

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

This position will remain open until filled. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.


Only applicants with full working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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