Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant -Molecular Specialist

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Personalised Medicine (PM)
Supporting Documentation:

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


The Personalised Medicine group at the Children’s Cancer Institute initiated the Zero Childhood Cancer national personalised medicine trial (PRISM) to identify improved treatment options for paediatric cancer patients. Strategies to identify personalised treatment options include full molecular profiling of tumour biopsies, high-throughput in vitro drug testing on patient-derived model systems and in vivo drug validation in patient-derived xenograft models.

To elevate the in vitro drug testing pipeline to the highest level of clinical translation, we are looking for a highly enthusiastic and motivated Research Assistant to strengthen our team. The Research Assistant will support other researchers by taking responsibility for performing in vitro high-throughput drug screens on incoming patient samples and to generate reference drug efficacy datasets, by implementing novel methods and (laboratory) technologies to improve the in vitro drug testing pipeline and by carrying out experiments as part of spin-off research questions.

This position requires experience with in vitro cell-based screening assays and excellent teamwork and communication skills, adaptability, meticulous attention to detail, and close adherence to deadlines so that test results can be provided in a timely manner.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


  • Perform all steps involved in high-throughput screening of small molecule libraries for in vitro drug efficacy testing on patient-derived cells from haematologic and solid tumours or other reference model systems
  • Maintain a database containing the in vitro drug sensitivity testing conditions for each sample and other relevant information that might be important for data interpretation and clinical translation
  • Manage and coordinate the entry and maintenance of in vitro drug sensitivity testing data in the Personalised Medicine LIMS system
  • Coordination and sample preparation for molecular profiling of in vitro model systems used for drug testing to study molecular similarities with matching tumour biopsies
  • Contribute to the implementation of drug combination screens in the preclinical drug testing pipeline
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of other methods or (laboratory) technologies to improve the in vitro drug testing pipeline
  • Carrying out experiments as part of spin-off research projects as required



  • Minimum Bachelor degree in Science (Honours or equivalent) or related area

Experience and requirements

  • 2+ years relevant laboratory experience highly desirable
  • Experience with cancer cell biology highly desirable
  • Experience with and technical and scientific understanding of in vitro drug testing methodologies
  • Experience with assay development for in vitro drug screening
  • Experience with primary cell cultures is highly desirable
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Experience with PC2 and WHS standards and behaviour highly desirable
  • Commitment to conducting experiments involving humans, animals & GMOs under strict ethical and regulatory guidelines

Children’s Cancer Institute is strongly committed to the growth of their 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, 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 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.