Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant or Research Officer (CSCB)

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Cancer and Stem Cell Biology (CSCB)
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, close to transport

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to curing childhood cancer and one of the leading medical childhood cancer research institutes worldwide. Our vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health, we don’t just hope to do it, we will do it; and we’re looking for the brightest minds to help us get there. Children’s Cancer Institute provides the best possible environment for our staff thrive with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

We are leading the national Zero Childhood Cancer personalised medicine program for children with the most aggressive cancers, in partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Zero Childhood Cancer is the most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia and is a world-leading initiative

We currently have an opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow (Research Officer) or Research Assistant to to join our Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Group on a full-time fixed term basis. The research laboratory investigates the molecular mechanisms by which genetic and epigenetic events are required for transforming normal cells into malignant stem cells. By using molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, epigenetics and the tools of stem cell biology, we are seeking to understand the role of signalling pathways and genetic/epigenetic regulations in disease progression. We are also developing new therapeutic agents for selective elimination of cancer stem cells while sparing normal cells for curative cancer therapies.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Design and conduct research independently and also as a member of a team
  • Achieve an outstanding level of competence in all aspects of experimental work
  • Participation in weekend and public holiday work where it is required
  • Assist with planning and coordination of research efforts
  • Contribute to research funding submissions
  • Present research data at conferences, seminars and lab meetings
  • Trains, supervises and guides junior employees & students on a day to day basis
  • Comply with regulatory guidelines (including OGTR and ethics) and Institute policies
For RO position:
  • Produce and contribute to high quality publications
  • Apply for human and animal ethics approvals/modifications for research projects
  • Obtain approvals/modifications to work with GMOs
For RA position:
  • Produce reproducible data for publications
  • Manage and maintain experimental animals, including injection and monitoring their status as required by ethics approvals
  • Contribute 30% of lab time to the animal handling, monitoring and tissue collection
  • Manage laboratory orders and inventories
Qualifications, experience and skills required:
  • PhD or honours is required, with appropriate experience in a related discipline
  • 1-5 years’ research experience
  • A track record of publications (for RO position)
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct experiments independently or with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to generate reproducible, high quality research results
  • Desirable experience could be in one or more of the following areas: cell-based assays, next-generation sequencing, RNA/protein-protein interactions, immunofluorescence and animal models of cancer, etc.


Children’s Cancer Institute is strongly committed to the growth of their employees, so all team members can fulfil their aspirations. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, on-site parking options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. 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. We're looking for people who share our values of accountability, integrity and camaraderie, teamwork, sharing and excellence, success and satisfaction.

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 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.