Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Officer - Expertimental Therapeutics

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Experimental Therapeutics (ET4)
$80,000 - 100,00 + Super
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, close to transport
  • Flexible working options
  • $80-100k base + Super

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 individual will use and develop highly clinically relevant pre-clinical animal models to advance potential new treatments for leukaemia towards their clinical application. They will work as part of a team with the overall goal of investigating and developing more effective treatments for children with leukaemia. A key aspect of the role is developing improved models for studying MLL-rearranged leukaemia in vitro and in vivo and applying these to study the activity of new inhibitory compounds.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and utilise leukaemia xenograft models for testing responses to therapy
  • Develop new approaches for improved therapy for infant leukaemia
  • Conduct laboratory research to characterise the mechanism of action of novel inhibitors of infant leukaemia
  • Investigate and develop experimental models to study immune environment and cancer stem cell populations in the context of leukaemia therapy
  • Contribute to other research activities of the team, as appropriate
  • Conduct research either as a member of a team or independently as required
  • Liaise with a cross-disciplinary partners including clinicians, tumour bank co-ordinators, pre-clinical testing cores and drug discovery partners
  • Achieve an outstanding level of competence in all aspects of experimental work
  • Assist with planning and coordination of research efforts
  • Analyse and collate experimental results to a high level of excellence suitable for high quality reports, presentations or publications
  • Produce and contribute to high quality publications
  • Contribute to research funding submissions
  • Present research data at conferences and seminars


Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Doctorate in a relevant scientific or medical field
  • 0-5 years of post-doctoral research experience
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct experiments independently as well as in a team environment
  • A track record of publications
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to conducting experiments involving humans, animals & GMO’s under strict ethical and regulatory guidelines
  • Demonstrated commitment to OGTR and other regulatory requirements
  • Exhibits a high degree of professionalism and respect for others
  • An interest in developing techniques and using the latest technology in research projects


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.