Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Officer (ET)

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Experimental Therapeutics2 (ET2)
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.

We are currently recruiting for a dedicated Research Officer to join our Experimental Therapeutics team on a full-time fixed term basis initially ending on 31 December 2019 with potential to extend. Despite huge advances in the success rates for treatment of paediatric leukaemia in general, when this disease occurs in babies the outcomes are dismal. Therefore we are working towards development of safer and more effective targeted therapies for this disease. The work involves utilising highly clinically relevant patient-derived xenograft models of infant leukaemia to advance new treatments towards their clinical application. Another important aspect is to improve these models even further to increase the efficiency of translating from the laboratory to the clinic. This is an excellent role for someone who has expertise in cancer biology, experience with cell and molecular biology techniques and small animal models of cancer and who is dedicated0. to generating high quality pre-clinical data.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Design, conduct and analyse experiments to develop new therapeutic approaches for childhood leukaemia
  • Develop new animal models for studying childhood leukaemia
  • Contribute to the overall planning and direction of the research team
  • Publication of high quality original research articles
  • Presentation of work at scientific meetings
Qualifications, experience and skills required:
  • Doctoral qualifications in Science or related area.
  • A track record of publications
  • Advanced technical skills in cancer cell biology and molecular biology
  • Knowledge of OGTR & ethics requirements
  • Experience with therapeutics and therapeutic combinations
  • Expertise in animal handling and monitoring
  • Prior experience with testing the efficacy of novel compounds in animal models of leukemia
  • Ability to quickly respond to situations as they arise
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team
  • Demonstrated problem solving capabilities
  • Strong work ethic


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.