About the position

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is based within the Blood Cancer and Immunotherapy Laboratory of the Genome Engineering and Cancer Modelling Program. The laboratory aims to develop treatment regimens that kill therapy resistant tumour cells that improve outcomes for cancer patients.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Support the Lab’s aim at identifying the mechanisms associated with tumour progression and drug resistance
  • Laboratory research, including but not limited to:
  • Be able to work on a suite of projects which investigate the cellular and molecular basis of cancer progression and drug resistance using cancer cell lines, patient samples and mouse models. In brief, the work will involve a range of emerging technologies such as single cell sequencing, cellular barcoding and imaging
  • Develop an innovative research program based on these themes, publish the work in a timely manner, secure ongoing funding and initiate experiments and collaborations necessary to achieve the successful completion of this project
  • Collaborate with other members of the team and external researchers.
  • Present data in internal/external meetings, and at national and international conferences.
  • Commitment to training and supervision of other group members, including staff and students (Honours/PhD).
  • Seek competitive external funding and contribute to the writing of grant applications.
  • Writing of successful application to the relevant OGTR and Animal Ethics Committee(s).
  • Participate and support engagement activities within the institute and the wider cancer biology community.


About you

The successful candidate must be self-motivated and independent, possess an enquiring mind with exceptional organisational and time management skills. You hold yourself to a high standard and expect optimal performance of yourself and your team.

In addition, you must have the following:

  • A PhD in cellular or molecular biology
  • Excellent publication record (first author papers)
  • Experience with writing grants and ethics applications
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and a demanding schedule
  • Good interpersonal and communication (both written and verbal) skills
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor / supervise junior research members
  • Ability to work to the highest ethical and professional standards

We offer workplace benefits including generous salary packaging benefits to $18,550 per FBT year and 5 extra Institute Days off each year.


To Apply

Please forward your completed application, quoting reference number ONJCRI-120/2024 to Deanne Aitken, Human Resources Manager to jobs@onjcri.org.au, with the following information:

  • Your cover letter, stating why you would be a good fit for the role;
  • Your CV;
  • 3 referee details (referees will only be contacted after interview).


The Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and workforce and we strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.