Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant / Animal Technician

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Molecular Carcinogenesis (MC)
Supporting Documentation:


  • Innovative, collaborative and team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, across the road from UNSW 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 are currently looking for a Research Assistant/Animal Technician to join our Molecular Carcinogenesis team. This position will work on identification of inhibitors targeting oncogenic proteins, development of novel combination therapy for childhood cancer using knockout and transgenic mouse models, and cancer cell lines. We will also study the roles of potential oncogenes in childhood cancer initiation and progression as strategies to uncover novel drivers of these diseases. The mechanistic insights from this work will be used to explore novel therapeutic targeting opportunities using in vitro and in vivo models.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct research as a member of a team and supervised by Principal Scientist
  • Achieve high level of competence in all aspects of in vitro and in vivo experimental work
  • Have strong technical experiences working with animal models
  • Assist in writing of animal and human ethics applications
  • Assist with planning and coordination of research efforts
  • Contribute to high quality publications
  • Present research data at lab meetings
  • Get involved in professional activities
  • Get involved in CCI activities
  • Comply with regulatory guidelines (including OGTR and ethics) and Institute policies

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • 2-3 years’ research experience
  • Has strong experience working with animal models
  • Has experience in molecular and cellular biology
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently as well as in a team environment
  • 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.