Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Senior Scientist (Brain Tumor Group)

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Targeted Therapies (TT)
Supporting Documentation:

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

Children's Cancer Institute is wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer and is the only medical research institute in Australia solely dedicated to this cause. 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

The Senior Scientist position will play a major role in managing core aspects of the Brain Tumour Group. The Brain Tumour group at Children’s Cancer Institute focuses on finding novel therapies against the most aggressive and incurable paediatric brain tumours. The group is currently researching in the therapeutic efficacy of epigenetic, cell cycle, metabolic inhibitors, immunotherapies and a variety of drugs targeting key oncogenic pathways. In addition, the team also participates at the Zero Childhood Cancer clinical trial which aims to identify targeted treatments for children who suffer from the most aggressive tumours using genomic/transcriptomic approaches, HTS and PDX development.

It is expected that the applicant will have over 7 years of postdoctoral experience and documented scientific accomplishments such as successful funding applications, supervision of students and strong track record (4 publications annually of which 1 as a lead author). 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Design research experiments and competitive research projects in the field of paediatric brain tumours and conduct research independently and as part of a team.
  • Take a lead role in the preparation of manuscripts and reports as required and maintain a consistently strong publication record.
  • Establish collaboration with other scientists and keep abreast with latest research techniques.
  • Provide sound scientific and technical advice and assist in planning research in the Brain Tumour Group.
  • Present at seminars and conferences, both inside and outside the Institute.
  • Conduct statistical analysis of data sets and record experimental details and assist with report writing for committees and publications.
  • Attend meetings on behalf of Group Leader when required.
  • Ensure compliance of Group’s research with human & animal ethics, IP and OGTR requirements
  • Prepare grant applications where required and review peer grant funding.

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • 7+ years’ postdoctoral research experience
  • Expertise in Brain Tumour research including PDX establishment and development of therapeutic strategies.
  • Experience with target validation and mechanism of action studies.
  • Experience with some or all the following techniques and platforms e.g. RNAseq, ChIPseq, Crispr.
  • Some experience with bioinformatics


We are strongly committed to the growth of our employees so all staff 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, 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.