Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Molecular Immunology Lab

Full time and maximum Term for 2 years

About the position

The Molecular Immunology Laboratory (MIL) is seeking a motivated postdoctoral fellow with an outstanding track record in immunology/molecular biology to work on a collaborative project with both pharmaceutical and academic partners.  The project aims to use cutting-edge screening approaches involving both CRISPR/Cas9 and high-throughput drug screens coupled to full transcriptomic readouts to understand the epigenetic control of anti-tumour immune responses and identification of novel epigenetic immunotherapy targets.  The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to be involved in other projects in the laboratory, including identification and targeting  mechanisms of tumour immune evasion and development of single sell RNA-sequencing approaches to study cancer immunology.

This position reports to the head of Molecular Immunology Laboratory (MIL). There are no direct reports to this position although the Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved with supervision of junior staff and PhD students.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Carry out high quality basic and translational cancer immunology research.
  • Contribute intellectually to the project and experimental design.
  • 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).
  • Maintain knowledge of the relevant scientific literature and advancements in the field.
  • Seek competitive external funding and contribute to the writing of grant applications.
  • Meticulous record keeping.
  • Writing of successful application to the relevant OGTR and Animal Ethics Committee(s).
  • Participate and support engagement activities within the institute and the wider immunology community.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD in Immunology or other relevant streams of biology
  • Strong foundation in immunology or tumour immunology
  • Significant experience in cellular immunology and/or molecular biology
  • Experience with the CRISPR/Cas system would be desirable
  • Experience with next generation sequencing data would be desirable
  • Excellent publication record (first author papers)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with strong interpersonal, communication, and organisational skills
  • Highly motivated with the ability to develop/learn new skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor / supervise junior research members
  • Ability to work to the highest ethical and professional standards

Salary range of $89,551 p.a. to $94,857 p.a. (dependent on years of postdoctoral experience)  plus 10.5% superannuation is on offer.

We offer workplace benefits including a hybrid, flexible working model, generous salary packaging benefits to $18,550 per FBT year and 4 extra Institute Days off each year.

To apply

Please forward your cover letter and CV with 3 referee details, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-083/2022 to Dr Conor Kearney via email at

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