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