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

Do you have a passion for research? A passion to help children? A passion to help us beat this devastating disease? Do you want to add skills, improve your CV, grow in your career and expand your track record?

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 searching for an Research Assistant/Offer to join our Cancer and Stem Biology group. The successful candidate will contribute to the understanding of molecular regulation of leukemic stem cell development using techniques in cell-based assays, molecular biology, gene editing, next-generation sequencing, RNA/protein-protein interactions, immunofluorescence and animal models of cancer, and will apply these techniques to both new and existing research projects for the development of effective targeted 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 reproducible data 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:

  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new techniques and use the latest technology in research projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to conducting experiments involving animals & GMO’s under strict ethical and regulatory guidelines
  • Demonstrated commitment to OGTR and other regulatory requirements
  • Exhibits a high degree of professionalism and respect for others
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexible attitude to work (Participation in weekend and public holiday work where it is required)


This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace, whilst growing your career as a Researcher. 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, a 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.