Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant - Leukaemia Biology

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Leukaemia Biology (LB)
$63k - $70k + Super + Salary Packaging Benefits
Supporting Documentation:

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


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 to thrive in, with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

The Leukaemia Biology Program at Children’s Cancer Institute undertakes highly translational research focused on the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of high-risk and drug-resistant acute leukaemia in children. We are now seeking to appoint motivated and energetic Research Assistants to work in our state-of-the-art laboratories in Randwick, NSW.

Applicants with experience in mouse models of cancer, cell/tissue culture, and molecular biology techniques are encouraged to apply. Additional training in molecular biology techniques such as immunoprecipitation, cloning, sequencing, and gene modification etc. will be provided, as will training in mouse-related techniques. The successful candidate will assist experienced scientists in the group to carry out preclinical drug testing to prioritise new drugs for clinical trials in children with cancer, and molecular biology studies to interrogate mechanisms of drug resistance in paediatric acute lymphoblastic leukaemia cells using an in vivo xenograft model. This individual needs to be enthusiastic, flexible, be able to multitask, keen to learn and develop all aspects of the role and play an integral part in the research team.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Carrying out preclinical drug testing using an in vivo mouse model of leukaemia
  • Performing cell culture, cell proliferation and cytotoxicity assays
  • Carrying out Western blotting, RT-PCR and other molecular biology studies
  • Aiding other group members
  • Laboratory maintenance
  • Participating in group discussions
  • Collating, organising and presenting experimental results
  • Maintaining close communication with collaborators


Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Scientific Degree with Honours or equivalent degree in related area
  • Experience in molecular biology and cell culture
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct experiments
  • Experience with mouse models of cancer highly desirable
  • Willingness to learn new laboratory techniques
  • Ability to interpret and communicate results to the supervisor and research group
  • Ability to work independently and or as a member of a team
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills


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.