Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Animal Technician/Research Assistant (Experimental Therapeutics)

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

Do you have a passion for research? Do you want to be part of a purpose-driven organisation? Do you have a passion to help us beat the devastating disease that is cancer and help save children’s lives?

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.

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, our group works towards development of safer and more effective targeted therapies for this disease. We are an ambitious, enthusiastic, cooperative, and dedicated team and we currently have an opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated and technically skilled team player to join us as an Animal Technician or Research Assistant on a 12 month Fixed-Term contract with a strong possibility of extension.

This is an excellent role for someone who has solid experience with small animal handling and procedures and who is dedicated to generating high-quality pre-clinical data to advance new treatments for infant leukaemia towards their clinical application. You will be working with world-class animal models of high-risk leukaemia and will be involved in developing new models. The role also involves conducting laboratory analysis of molecular and cellular responses to the novel treatment strategies. The overall goal of the role is to deliver high-quality experimental outcomes that can be translated to clinical practice and thereby improve patient outcomes.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Execute in vivo drug efficacy studies and assist in the design of these studies
  • Preparation of study reports, presentation of data and accurate record-keeping
  • Assist with in vitro drug efficacy and mechanism of action studies

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Tertiary qualifications in animal science, science or related degree or relevant laboratory experience
  • 1+ relevant laboratory experience highly desirable
  • Demonstrated experience in small animal handling including intraperitoneal, intravenous and per-oral delivery of substances, imaging techniques and blood and tissue collection
  • Experience in mouse xenograft models of cancer highly desirable
  • Advanced technical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct experiments
  • Advanced computer skills
  • An interest in developing techniques and using the latest technology in research projects
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexible attitude to work
  • Punctuality, reliability and ability to meet deadlines
  • Exhibits a high degree of professionalism and respect for others
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other team members and to be pro-active in supporting them
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and record-keeping ability
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • Ability to train and supervise others
  • Demonstrated commitment to conducting experiments involving humans, animals & GMO’s under strict ethical and regulatory guidelines
  • Demonstrated commitment to OGTR and other regulatory requirements


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. 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.