Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant and Research Officer

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Tumour Biology & Targeting3 (TBT3)
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, a minute walk from Light Rail stop
  • 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.

We currently have an opportunity for a Research Assistant and a Research Officer to join our team on a Full-time fixed term basis. This Research Assistant and Research Officer will work closely with Research Fellow, Dr Angelica Merlot (, to dissect the role of the endoplasmic reticulum in cancer progression and metastasis in the tumour microenvironment.

Dr Merlot is a Scientia, NHMRC and CINSW Research Fellow who leads the Cancer Targets and Therapeutics Team within the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program, Headed by Prof Maria Kavallaris. The goal of the project will be to assess key endoplasmic reticulum pathways and chaperones to decipher how they modulate cancer progression and metastasis. Endoplasmic reticulum signals between cancer and cancer-associated cells will also be elucidated.

The research assistant and officer may also work on other team projects including the development of nanoparticles, the assessment of stem cells, etc. Experience in cancer in vitro and orthotopic xenograft mouse models as outlined below is highly desired. Staff will work closely with current students and may be asked to help with student supervision.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Supports the design of research work being undertaken in the work area.
  • Conducts data analysis, prepares reporting and presentations
  • Undertakes specific research activity
  • Uses standard molecular biology analysis protocols to assess the effectiveness of treatments in cell culture and models of disease processes.
  • Performs animal studies and care including the maintenance of animal models and administration of treatment agents.
  • Oversees operations of the research laboratory, providing technical support for the Chief Investigator and support and supervision for the students or visiting scientists/research fellows of the Chief Investigator.
  • Coordinates the development and submission of research publications for the work area.
  • Ensures that ethics guidelines, standards and WHS requirements are met in the work area.
  • Undertakes ad-hoc projects and other activities.


Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Tertiary qualifications in medical science, science or medicine with relevant experience in the cancer field.
  • Research Officer position requires the completion of a PhD and ideally extensive specialist experience in the field of cancer.
  • Demonstrated skills in cell culture, microscopy and molecular biology
  • Demonstrated technical skills in animal handling and tumour xenografting
  • Experience in cancer biology
  • Track record of publications and presentations
  • Strong organisation skills, ability to implement new protocols and problem solving
  • Experience in data analysis and preparing papers for publication
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to conduct experiments both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use initiative.
  • Advanced skills, data analysis, using statistical analysis tools, and reporting on research findings.
  • Will be required to work with and handle animals
  • Experience with stromal or immune cancer-associated cells highly desirable
  • An interest in developing techniques using the latest technology and advancing their scientific career


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 (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 directly.