Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant (ET3)

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Experimental Therapeutics (ET3)
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 to 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 Research Assistant to join the Experimental Therapeutics Program on a fixed-term basis initially ending on 31/Dec/2020 with potential to extend with a January 2020 start. As part of a team focused on the development of more effective treatments for neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers, the individual will carry out preclinical testing and mechanism of action studies for novel therapies.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform cell-based assays to test and characterise novel therapeutics against childhood cancers
  • Conduct qPCR, Western blots, and other molecular biology assays to study mechanisms of action of novel compounds
  • Design and conduct experiments as part of a team to test the efficacy of novel drugs in mouse models-models for childhood tumours including neuroblastomas and sarcomas
  • Assist in processing and validating samples from in vivo studies
  • Analyse and collate experimental results to a high level of excellence suitable for high-quality reports, presentations or publications
  • Maintain accurate labelling of samples and accurate records of experimental data
  • Assist Research Officers in the team with the research where required
  • Manage laboratory orders and inventory
  • Contribute to research grant submissions
  • Present research data at group meetings
  • Get involved in professional activities
  • Comply with regulatory guidelines (including OGTR and ethics) and Institute policies


Qualifications and experience required:

  • Minimum B.Sc. in a relevant biomedical research field, or equivalent
  • Minimum one-year laboratory experience, and 2+ years relevant laboratory experience highly desirable
  • Experience with cell culture required
  • Experience with molecular biology (such as Western blotting, transfection, qPCR, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, etc) highly desirable
  • Experience with small animal handling would be an advantage
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible working attitude and ability to work to deadline


Essential Skills:

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • High level of technical skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and passion for research
  • Excellent listening, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to quickly respond to situations as they arise


Children’s Cancer Institute is strongly committed to the growth of our 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, a 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 to 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 and is subject to change. Please do not contact our line managers directly. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.