Organisation Context

The Bionics Institute of Australia is an independent, not for profit research organisation. Our mission is to undertake innovative research into areas of clinical need to develop medical devices, therapies and diagnostic tools which can help to transform people’s lives. Our Institute is made up of talented staff who pioneer new technologies that address the unmet needs of patients living with Hearing loss, Tinnitus, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Balance and Movement Disorders, Stroke, Diabetes, Crohn's disease, and Urinary Incontinence.

Our Work

Medical bionics is an exciting area where biology, medicine and engineering intersect. It demands people with an innovative and pioneering approach and a common goal of improving the lives of people with chronic and debilitating conditions. To enable effective cross disciplinary research, improve our capabilities and maintain and enhance critical skill sets, the Bionics Institute utilises a “Capability Pillars” model of functional expertise accessible by all projects. Capability Pillars are led by team leaders tasked with maintaining critical mass and expertise within each pillar as required.

The Histology In-vitro Team (HIT) is a key capability pillar within the Bionics Institute. This group provides histological and in-vitro support and analysis for all the pre-clinical animal models used at the Bionics Institute. This capability pillar ensures the provision of outstanding technical expertise and timely staff training for all histological processing and analytical requirements.

Position Summary

The incumbent will be required to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team and responsibilities will include the collection and analysis of histological and in-vitro data as well as providing technical support for laboratory-based duties.

Key Responsibilities

Core Responsibilities:

a) Collect and analyse data under direction from senior staff. This will include collection of tissue (perfusions); histological preparation of tissue specimens (fixation, sectioning and storing); digital image capturing and analysis of histological data.
b) Provide technical assistance in the laboratory including tissue preparation; operation of specialised histological equipment and image analysis software; laboratory and equipment maintenance and ordering of consumables.
c) Contribute to data management – Organises and maintains histological data such as laboratory notebooks, tissue, slides and electronic data.

Additional Responsibilities:

a) May undertake technique development for new histological techniques and forms of analysis, including writing SOPs and training staff and students in performing these techniques.
b) Any other duties as reasonably directed by the Histology and In-vitro Team Leader

Organisational Relationships

The position directly reports to the Histology and In-vitro Team Leader

Task Complexity

The incumbent will be given work that is generally repetitive and follows a standard method, but the details of each task may vary slightly. They should be able to resolve difficulties by applying knowledge of established principles, practices, or procedures.

Level of Supervision

The incumbent will be told in either broadly or in detail what tasks to do, generally how to do them and when to have them completed. Depending on the level of appointment, they may be required to assist in the supervision of students and staff working as part of the research team. They will be required to regularly liaise with their supervisor on the basic focus of the research and any changes in direction that may be required arising from research developments.

Judgement/Problem Solving

The incumbent will be expected to solve simple problems as part of the research team with reference to established techniques and practices. They will also be required to exercise sound judgement and critical thinking in areas such as collecting and analysing data.

Selection Criteria

Minimum training level, qualifications, and experience:

a) Experience in a research or laboratory environment.
b) Diploma of Laboratory Technologies/ biotechnologies / histology or an Undergraduate degree in a relevant field OR equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
c) Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with effective communication skills.
d) Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods.


a) Knowledge of or experience in immunohistochemistry and histopathology.
b) Experience in image analysis software such as FIJI/ImageJ.

The Technical Assistant (Histology and In-vitro Team) position is a 1-year contract.

Applications Close: Monday 31st January 2022 11.59 pm. However, applications will be considered, and the position may be filled ahead of the closing date.


1. A police check is required.
2. The Bionics Institute requires that staff are vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you believe you meet the requirements for this position, please submit your application via SEEK. Please include a CV and a brief cover letter (max 2 pages) that addresses the Selection Criteria.

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For further information about the Technical Assistant (Histology and In-vitro Team) position, please contact the Histology and In-Vitro Team Leader, Ms Ella Trang, by email

Bionics Institute is an equal opportunity employer and female applicants are encouraged to apply. The Institute is committed to maintain a smoke free workplace and a workplace that is free from sexual harassment. The Bionics Institute’s workplace embraces the Occupational Health and Safety Standards.