Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Senior Research Assistant

Children's Cancer Institute  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Metal-Targeted Therapy & Immunology
$75k + Super + Salary Packaging Benefits
Closing Date:
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What’s in it for you?

  • Work with purpose – help us find a cure for childhood cancer
  • Access to our ‘FlexBEST’ program – true flexibility from day 1 - options include hybrid working, school-friendly hours, and 9-day working fortnight
  • Focus on employee wellbeing, including a leading EAP program, and up to 5 gifted wellbeing days off (paid) per year
  • Investment in leadership development and career advancement opportunities
  • 13 weeks paid parental leave on top of any government funded paid parental leave
  • Convenient Randwick location, across the road from UNSW Light Rail stop
  • THRIVE – Wellbeing initiatives to support “life balance”
  • REDI – Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives
  • Social Committee – Fun, engaging events to foster connection
  • Personal Best – Structured Individual and Team goal setting to achieve Personal & Career development


The Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood cancer.  More than 40 years on, our vision remains unchanged – to save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health, through research.

The Metal-Targeted Therapy and Immunology (MTTI) group focus its research on the childhood cancers neuroblastoma and high-grade gliomas. This team is investigating the role of metals, such as copper, in the growth of these tumours with the aim to develop drugs that specifically target cellular pathways involving these metals, thereby halting tumour progression.

The individual will undertake a variety of molecular and cellular experiments aimed at discovering novel immune checkpoint proteins in order to design new strategies to enhance immunotherapy efficacy in neuroblastoma. This will be done by carrying out in vitro CRISPR screenings to identify signalling pathways associated with immune escape in neuroblastoma, followed by testing of specific small molecule inhibitors against candidate drivers of immune evasion.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research either as a member of a team or independently
  • Achieve an outstanding level of competence in all aspects of experimental work
  • Assist with planning and coordination of research efforts
  • Produce, or contribute to high quality publications
  • Contribute to research funding submissions
  • Present research data at conferences and seminars


Qualifications, experience, and skills required:


  • Bachelor of Science Honours in a relevant scientific or medical field

Experience and requirements

  • 2 years’ research experience (minimum)


Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website at: . We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please click the 'APPLY' link and forward both your resume AND cover letter (mandatory) clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required.

Note: Applications will be reviewed prior to the closing date; which is dependent on the status of the recruitment process. Only successfully shortlisted candidates will be contacted.