Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Technical Assistant - Personalised Medicine

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Personalised Medicine (PM)
$56-65k + Super + Salary Packaging Benefits
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, close to transport
  • Flexible working options


The ZERO Childhood Cancer National Personalised Medicine Program (ZERO) is Australia’s first and most comprehensive personalised medicine program for children and adolescents with very high-risk cancer (anticipated likelihood of survival <30%). A unique, multidisciplinary program bringing together cutting-edge science, the latest technology, and the brightest minds in research and clinical care, it is on a path to change the model of care for children with cancer today. Having already demonstrated significant impact in improving the lives of children faced with the most challenging prognosis, the program is now in preparation to expand and grow to include all children with cancer by 2023.

This position is a key support position for the work conducted by ZERO. The Technical Assistant will join the Molecular Profiling Team, working closely alongside an additional Technical Assistant and Research Assistant, and will take responsibility for patient sample processing, preparation, submission and data tracking for genomic analysis. This role is vital in supporting the reporting of genomic findings for patients in a clinically relevant timeframe. It requires excellent teamwork, meticulous attention to detail and close adherence to deadlines so that patient test results can be provided in a timely manner.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to work with clinical patient samples to deliver accurate and efficient processing of patient samples for immediate or later testing as required
  • Isolation of nucleic acids (e.g. DNA and RNA) from different patient biomaterials
  • Operate liquid handling robotics
  • End-to-end sample tracking using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Accurate labelling of all processed patient samples
  • Track and meticulously record all aspects of laboratory operations whilst ensuring patient confidentiality
  • Preparation of samples and liaising with couriers and external laboratory collaborators for sample distribution
  • Assist Research Assistant and other senior team members, where required, to optimise and integrate new laboratory methods and technologies to enhance patient sample quality, quantity, and turnaround time
  • Liaising with hospitals for sample collection and shipping
  • Any other tasks required by the Personalised Medicine Program Leader or delegated senior team member


Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Tertiary qualifications in science or relevant laboratory processing experience
  • 1 years relevant laboratory experience highly desirable
  • Professional approach to patient sample handling and patient information privacy and confidentiality
  • Experience with correct manual handling techniques.
  • Experience with PC2 and WHS standards and behaviour highly desirable
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • High level technical skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines


This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace. 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.

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.