Position Details
Reference Number 17447
Position Title Research Assistant
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Division Cancer Research
Location Melbourne
Award Classification Award : Research Technology (Allied Health Professionals)
Classification From: 1RA2 - RESRCH ASST LV A YR2
Classification To: 1RA6 - RESRCH ASST LV A YR6
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 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer and one of an elite group of hospitals worldwide to have its own integrated cancer research program and laboratories.


A fulltime Research Assistant position is available to join an exciting research effort across the Cancer Metabolism, Cancer Therapeutics and Organogenesis and Cancer Programs within the Research Division at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The successful candidate will be supervised on projects investigating the contribution of metabolic reprogramming and nutrient utilisation in tumour development and progression.


Metabolic reprogramming is a hallmark of cancer now widely recognised to play a critical role in transformation and tumour progression. In recent years, there has been growing interest in developing strategies to exploit the metabolic vulnerabilities of cancer cells for therapeutic gain. However, our ability to do this is dependent on a thorough understanding of the molecular mechanisms underpinning metabolic reprogramming in cancer. This project will focus on understanding how cell-intrinsic factors (e.g. oncogenes/tumour suppressor genes) and cell-extrinsic factors (e.g. nutrient availability) converge to regulate cancer cell metabolism. This knowledge will be applied to the pre-clinical development of novel and more effective interventions for cancer therapy.


For more information on the Brown and Cox laboratories please visit:https://www.petermac.org/research/labs/kristin-brown and https://www.petermac.org/research/labs/andrew-cox


Suitable applicants will possess a BSc (Honours) or equivalent. Experience with a variety of cell biology, molecular biology and biochemical techniques is required. A background in cancer research is preferred but not essential. The person will possess outstanding organisation and record keeping skills, high quality written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with independence and as part of a team. The person will be expected to generate high quality, reproducible data for publications and presentations.


The position is initially for a fixed term of 12 months. Remuneration is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


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/ADO's
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Central City Location
  • Training and Development Program
Selection Criteria Essential: BSc (Honours) or equivalent in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related discipline
Contact Person Kristin Brown
Contact Number 03 8559 5457
Contact Email Kristin.Brown@petermac.org
Alternate Contact Person Anita Toigo
Alternate Contact Number 03 8559 5048
Alternate Contact Email Anita.Toigo@petermac.org
Closing Date 13/12/2019
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