Position Details
Reference Number 17277
Position Title Postdoctoral Scientist
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Division Cancer Research
Location Melbourne
Award Classification Award : Research Technology (Allied Health Professionals)
Classification From: 1RA6 - RESRCH ASST LV A YR6
Classification To: 1RA10 - RESRCH ASST LV AYR10
Position Summary

Outstanding candidates are encouraged to apply for positions now open at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – a place where our normal days are extraordinary; as are the people we care for.


Peter Mac is one of a handful of integrated cancer research, education and treatment centres in the world. Each day our team strives to provide the very best in cancer care, even better treatments and potential cancer cures for all people affected by cancer.


Globally, we are facing one of the most pivotal times in the pursuit of cancer cures, and Peter Mac stands at its forefront. Together, we aim to lead a new era of cancer prevention, care and discovery, supported by state-of-the-art facilities at our new home within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building.


Your role in our future.


The Goel lab at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is seeking a highly motivated, hard-working and talented postdoctoral scientist who will make a major contribution to its research efforts. The Goel lab is focused on breast cancer research, and has specific interests in cell cycle biology (especially the CDK4/6 pathway), the breast cancer epigenome, and breast cancer immunology. We are positioned at the intersection of translational and fundamental research, using sophisticated laboratory models and techniques to find innovative answers to complex clinical questions. 


We are seeking a scientist who has completed a PhD in a field related to cancer biology, cancer epigenetics, or cancer immunology. The successful candidate will have a strong passion for lab-based research and will have a desire to pursue a career in research in the long-term. They will also have exceptional communication skills, time management skills, and attention to detail. Technical precision whilst carrying out experiments is also critical.

Using their existing knowledge and skills, the candidate will lead a number of research projects in the Goel lab, with unrestricted access to the lab’s expertise, reagents, and mouse models as well as to the cutting-edge facilities of the Peter Mac and the broader Parkville precinct. In addition, the candidate must be able to work independently and will be involved in direct supervision of more junior members of the team (PhD students and research assistants).


The Goel lab has strong and unique connections with the breast oncology program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, USA), which opens up unique opportunities for collaborative projects that engage the two sites. Dr Goel also maintains a clinical practice and strong relationships with industry partners, allowing him to translate lab results swiftly into clinical trials. Examples of recent work conducted by Dr Goel that exemplify the efforts of the lab can be found in the publications: Goel et al 2017 Nature and Goel et al 2016 Cancer Cell.


This position is 12 Month Fixed Term Full-Time with the opportunity to extend. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants must also address all essential criteria as listed under experience / qualifications in the position description in a separate attachment.


For further information about this opportunity, please review the position description or contact us for a confidential discussion.


Peter Mac offers its employees the following benefits:

  • Salary Packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Central City Location
  • Training and Development Program
Selection Criteria Essential: PhD in cancer biology, epigenetics, or immunology.
Essential: Strong track record in cancer research exemplified by a broad knowledge of cancer biology and/or successful publication of innovative scientific studies.
Essential: Technical and advanced experience in cancer epigenetics and/or cancer immunology
Essential: Extensive experience with cell biology techniques including cell culture, conducting cell-based assays in vitro (i.e. cell counting, drug treatments), generation of retrovirus and lentivirus
Essential: Experience with molecular biology techniques including western blotting; extraction of DNA, RNA, and protein from cells; PCR; RT-qPCR.
Essential: Experience working with laboratory mice including animal handling, oral gavage, mouse anaesthesia, and survival surgery
Essential: Ability to work well within a research team exemplified by collegiality, diligence, and accountability
Desirable: Experience with bio-informatic analysis of RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, and ChIP-seq datasets
Desirable: Desire to pursue cancer research long-term
Desirable: Experience with digital image analysis including Image J
Desirable: Basic programming skills using R
Contact Person Shom Goel
Contact Number 0385598777
Closing Date 30/10/2019
Position Description
Position Description Postdoc S Goel Laboratory 2019.pdf Open
CANDIDATE INFORMATION Goel Laboratory Postdoc Position.pdf Open
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