Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Research Officer (GTDD)

Location:
Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Department:
Gene Therapeutics and Drug Delivery (GTDD)
Salary:
$70,000 - $80,000
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 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.

Childhood brain cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in kids. There is a need to develop effective and less toxic therapies to inhibit brain tumour growth. The Gene Therapeutics and Drug Delivery group which is part of the Translational Cancer Nanomedicine Theme has a new position for a research officer to work on a project (funded by Cancer Australia and the Kids Cancer Project) which aims to investigate the therapeutic potential of non-viral polymer nanoparticles carrying gene-silencing (siRNA) drugs to inhibit the growth of medulloblastoma cells both in vitro and in vivo.

We are looking for a Research Officer to assist to join our GTDD group. The successful candidate will be required to conduct experiments which examine the therapeutic potential of nanoparticle-siRNA for inhibiting medulloblastoma cell growth using in vitro and clinically relevant in vivo models.  

 

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and perform cancer cell biology in vitro and in vivo research experiments to a high scientific standard in line with the project requirements under the supervision of the project leader
  • Analyse and interpret research data and communicate findings to research leader
  • Train and supervise research students / assistants were appropriate
  • Participate in weekly laboratory meetings to ensure research activities are on track and deadlines are met
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the Institute and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others
     

Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • PhD in medical sciences
  • A strong understanding of cancer biology and cell culture of cancer cells in vitro
  • A strong understanding of transfection of cancer cells using nanoparticles and siRNA both in vitro / in vivo
  • Experience using orthotopic cancer mouse models

 

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: www.childrenscancerinstitute.org.au. 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.