Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Assistant (TT)

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Targeted Therapies (TT)
Supporting Documentation:

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

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to curing childhood cancer and one of the leading medical childhood cancer research institutes worldwide. Our vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health, 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 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 leading the national Zero Childhood Cancer personalised medicine program for children with the most aggressive cancers, in partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Zero Childhood Cancer is the most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia and is a world-leading initiative

We currently have an opportunity for a Research Assistant to join our team on a full-time fixed term basis with potential to extend. This role will take particular responsibility for the development, expansion and validation of in vitro cultures and patient-derived xenografts (PDXs), which will support the advancement of the in vitro drug screening and in vivo pipelines in the program and deliver real time results using primary patient samples.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • To develop and maintain primary cultures from personalised medicine patient samples
  • Assist in the validation of cell cultures and preparation of cells for in vitro drug screening
  • Assist in the research and development of novel primary cell culture techniques
  • To establish and maintain patient derived xenograft models
  • To design and conduct experiments as part of a team to test the efficacy of novel drugs against patient derived xenograft models of leukaemias and solid tumours including neuroblastomas, sarcomas, and CNS tumours.
  • Maintain accurate labelling of samples and accurate records of patient sample usage, inventories and research records in the laboratory information management system
Qualifications, experience and skills required:
  • Minimum BSC in a relevant scientific or medical field
  • 2+ years relevant laboratory experience highly desirable
  • Experience with primary in vitro cell cultures highly desirable
  • Experience with general procedures involving establishment of xenograft models and in vivo experiments (handling, monitoring and treatments) highly desirable


Children’s Cancer Institute is strongly committed to the growth of their employees, so all team members can fulfil their aspirations. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, on-site parking 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.