Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant/ Research Officer Cancer & Stem Cell Biology

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Cancer and Stem Cell Biology (CSCB)



  • 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 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 contribute to the understanding of molecular regulation of leukemia stem cell development using techniques in cell-based assays, molecular biology, single cell RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, epigenetics, RNA/protein-protein interactions, next-generation sequencing, gene editing technologies, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry and patient-derived xenograft models, and will apply these techniques to both new and existing research projects for the development of effective stem cell-targeted therapies.

Desirable experience could be in some of the following areas: cell-based assays, next-generation sequencing, RNA/protein-protein interactions, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry and animal models of cancer, etc. Experience in epigenomic techniques such as ChIP-seq is particularly desirable but not essential.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Achieve an outstanding level of competence in all aspects of experimental work
  • Assist with planning and coordination of research efforts
  • Contribute to research funding submissions
  • Present research data at conferences, seminars and lab meetings
  • Design and conduct research independently and also as a member of a teamTrains, supervises and guides junior employees & students on a day to day basis
  • Participation in weekend and public holiday work where it is required
  • Comply with regulatory guidelines (including OGTR and ethics) and Institute policies

For RO position

  • Produce reproducible data for high quality publications
  • Apply for human and animal ethics approvals/modifications for research projects
  • Obtain approvals/modifications to work with GMOs
  • Manage and maintain experimental animals, including animal handling, injection and monitoring their status as required by ethics approvals, and tissue collection
  • Manage laboratory orders and inventories
  • Produce reproducible data for high quality publications  

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Doctorate, Masters, or Honours in a relevant scientific or medical field
  • 1-3 years’ research experience
  • 1-5 years’  research experience
  • A track record of publications (for RO position)
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct experiments independently or with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to generate reproducible, high quality research results
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new techniques and use the latest technology in research projects
  • Demonstrated commitment to conducting experiments involving animals & GMO’s under strict ethical and regulatory guidelines
  • Demonstrated commitment to OGTR and other regulatory requirements
  • Demonstrate abilility to manage day to day laboratory functions which includes updating inventories, orders, and management of the laboratory
  • Exhibits a high degree of professionalism and respect for others


This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace. You'll be rewarded with a professional and 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.