Laboratory Head - Cancer Immunobiology Program

Laboratory Head - Cancer Immunobiology Program

Full time and Fixed Term

About the position:

A Faculty-level opportunity exists for an accomplished immunologist to join the Cancer Immunobiology (CIB) Program at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. The focus of the CIB Program is to identify molecular mechanisms that regulate the anti-tumour immune response and to discover novel molecular targets to improve the activity of immune cell-based cancer control.


The new Laboratory Head will be contributing to the Program’s vision with expertise complementing activities that already exist across the Program and the Institute with a focus on clinically relevant problems. The candidate will develop a sustainable, innovative, and internationally competitive onco-immunology research portfolio with a focus on patient impact, including essential translation of findings with the support of the Institute’s Clinician Scientists and/or through academic and commercial partnerships. The position also requires ongoing active engagement and communication with consumers, donors and philanthropic organisations.


Selection criteria:

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent qualification and will have completed post-doctoral work in a field of immunology with an outstanding record of scientific achievements. The candidate’s research focus will align with that of the CIB Program and the Institute. An established national and emerging international track record in at least one specific area of immunology, for instance a specific cell type, mechanism or therapeutic application, would be highly valued. Women and mid-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply.


Application process:

Please forward your application in pdf format to Anna Prusa, HR Manager, quoting the reference ONJCRI Lab Head Application in the subject line. Your application should include:


  • A letter addressing the key selection criteria;
  • A full and up to date CV;
  • A one-page summary of research achievements;
  • A two-page summary of future research plans, with particular attention given to how your research will enhance the Institute’s existing research programs; and
  • Contact details for three referees.


Applications close 25 June 2021

Maintenance Engineer / Technician

Maintenance Engineer / Technician

Play a key role in supporting our cancer researchers, ensuring the efficient operation of vital laboratory equipment.
Part time, fixed term position (3 or 4 days per week) – suit a semi retiree or parent wanting more work/life balance.
Generous staff benefits including salary packaging.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI) is a leader in the development of experimental and breakthrough cancer treatments. We investigate and develop treatments for cancers of the breast, bowel, lung, melanoma, prostate, liver, gastrointestinal tract and brain. ONJCRI is integrated within the ONJ Cancer Centre, with research laboratories only metres away from where patients are cared for and receive treatment. This inspires and enables the rapid translation of scientific discoveries into clinical trials leading to new and better cancer treatment.

About the position

We are currently looking for a self-motivated individual who is good with their hands and thinks on their feet.  You will be responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all ONJCRI equipment and facilities, finding creative solutions to repair equipment to extend its useful life.

This is a hands-on role, requiring someone technically skilled and minded who can respond quickly and effectively to breakdowns and perform general and preventative maintenance.

To support the seamless running of equipment within the labs, you will be required to be on-call out of hours and weekends on a rotating basis and will be compensated with an on-call allowance.

Ideally you will have experience in providing electrical, engineering and/or instrumentation support. Experience with repair of scientific or medical equipment is essential and electrical/ electronic certification would be advantageous.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Repair, test and calibrate laboratory equipment.  Arrange external repair only when necessary
  • Test new equipment and perform regular testing of existing equipment to ensure it complies with electrical safety standards
  • Assist the Laboratory and Facilities Manager with the efficient delivery and coordination of facilities services including planning and implementation of scheduled and preventative maintenance and onsite service contractors
  • Monitor and attend to internal work requests via Support Request system
  • Carry out minor building repair and general maintenance works as required
  • Report building and plant faults in ONJCRI offices and Labs to Hospital Engineering via BIEMS
  • Ensure stocks of stand – alone bottled gases are maintained, and that bottles are changed over
  • Assist the Laboratory and Facilities Manager with managing Maintenance contracts.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. A generous salary packaging scheme up to $18,550 per annum is offered to staff.

Please forward your curriculum vitae, including referee details, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-067/2021 to Mark Frewin, Laboratory and Facilities Manager via email at

Closing date for applications:  11 June 2021