Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant (Tumor Biology & Targeting)

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

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

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 Research Assistant will work on the preclinical testing of more effective and safer treatments for paediatric and adult cancer. The ideal candidate is expected to have extensive experience in cell and molecular biology, drug testing in cells and animal models, and protein analysis. Experience with primary cell culture, cancer patient-derived samples and animal models of cancer will be preferred. They will be required to contribute to data analysis, publications and presentations. The Research Assistant will also contribute to routine laboratory management including orders and compliance.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • To design and conduct experiments as a member of a team or independently
  • Conduct in vitro testing of novel compounds in cell cultures of solid tumours and blood cancer
  • Perform in vivo preclinical testing of anticancer compounds in animal models of cancer
  • Culture adherent cancer cells and suspension cultures of blood cancer
  • Work with primary cell isolates and cancer patient-derived samples
  • Assist with optimising and planning of scientific procedures
  • Assist with research of other members in the group
  • Contribute to  to preparing data for research funding submissions and publications
  • Work with collaborators on interdisplinary experiments
  • Training of staff and students in laboratory techniques
  • Manage laboratory orders and inventory
  • Maintain accurate labelling, records and inventories of experimental samples
  • Get involved in professional and CCI activities
  • Assist in the preparation of human and animal ethics approvals
  • Comply with regulatory guidelines (including OGTR) and Institute policies

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Bachelor of Science (hons), Masters of science or related degree
  • Advanced molecular and cell biology skills
  • Demonstrated experience in cell culture – monolayers, suspension cultures
  • Experience in culture of primary cells
  • Experience in mouse models of cancer
  • Experience in key areas of pre-clinical research including the study of drug interactions and their biological effects in cells
  • Experience with live-cell imaging and image analysis skills
  • Experienced in flow cytometry analysis
  • Problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct experiments
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and commintment
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Flexible attitude to work
  • Ability to work independently and also in a team environment


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.