Research Leadership Expressions Of Interest

Join Our Innovative Cancer Research Leadership Team!

Scientific and Clinical Laboratory Head positions at ONJCRI

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI) is excited to announce an unprecedented expansion in our research programs. We are seeking distinguished leaders to join our team in Melbourne’s emerging biomedical precinct, where transformative research meets patient-focused clinical excellence.

We are seeking dynamic leaders in the following specialisations:

Scientific Laboratory Head Positions

  • Tumour immunology
  • Lung Cancer
  • Blood Cancer
  • Bioinformatics
  • Immunotherapy (CAR T/ T Cell engineering)

Clinical Laboratory Head Positions

  • Brain Cancer
  • Lymphoma


  • Impactful Research: Our mission is centred around translating fundamental scientific discoveries into therapeutic realities that can be accessed by cancer patients, globally. We embrace innovative technologies and breakthrough approaches such as CRISPR gene-editing and RNA-based therapeutics.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Located adjacent to major healthcare and academic centres, ONJCRI boasts cutting-edge laboratories and shares infrastructure with Austin Health and La Trobe University, ensuring that our research translates fundamental science into clinical outcomes.
  • Collaborative Environment: With a culture that promotes cross-disciplinary teamwork, our researchers have access to a broad network of national and international collaborators across academia, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical sectors.
  • Patient-Centred: We are committed to developing ‘bedside to bench to bedside’ solutions. Our work is driven by the needs of patients, ensuring that research outcomes lead directly to enhanced treatment efficacy and patient care.
  • Inclusive and Supportive Workplace: ONJCRI actively fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are proud to have an established Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee that helps guide our efforts to create a welcoming and supportive space for all employees. This includes our progressive parental leave policies that support the work-life balance of all parents within the Institute.

Ideal Candidates:

Successful applicants will be leaders in their field, ready to drive innovative projects and mentor a team of talented researchers with the goal to translate their work into clinical and commercial outcomes. They should possess a proven track record of securing and effectively managing funding.

What We Offer:

  • Leadership Opportunities: Play a pivotal role in shaping the future of cancer research and treatment. Lead your field at an internationally recognised institute dedicated to making a difference.
  • Career Development: Enjoy comprehensive support for professional growth including opportunities for collaboration, continuing education, and ongoing leadership training.
  • Competitive Compensation: Receive an attractive salary package, access to state-of-the-art resources, and the opportunity to work in one of Australia’s emerging biomedical precincts.

Next Steps:

Please submit your Expression Of Interest via the form below. Join us as we transform cancer care through ground-breaking research and innovation. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of cancer patients, now and for generations to come.

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