Position Details
Reference Number 20626
Position Title Postdoctoral Researcher
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: 1RA7 - RESRCH ASST LV A YR7
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 Eckersley-Maslin lab is offering an exciting opportunity for a bioinformatic postdoctoral researcher to join our newly established group at Peter Mac. Our group studies the regulation and dynamics of epigenetic plasticity in stem cell and cancer cell models. The goal is to identify new diagnostic and therapeutic targets that can be taken forwards into preclinical models for drug development. We use insights from developmental biology and our understanding of how cell identity is controlled and regulated, to better understand how deregulation of these processes facilitate cancer initiation and progression. More information on the research performed in the Eckersley-Maslin Laboratory can be found on our website (www.eckmaslab.com).


The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or have recently submitted) with a substantial bioinformatic or computational component and an interest in cancer and epigenetics. Experience analysing next-generation sequencing datasets such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and WGBS at bulk or single-cell level is desirable. The postdoctoral researcher will lead their own research project investigating how transcriptional and epigenetic signatures of cellular plasticity predict cancer outcomes. We envisage the postdoctoral researcher to be first-author on any publications arising from the work they lead in the lab and have the opportunity to present their research at national and international conferences. In addition, the researcher will collaborate with other students and postdocs in the Eckersley-Maslin Lab on computational aspects of their projects.


The Eckersley-Maslin Lab uses both experimental and computational approaches with many researchers actively engaged in both aspects. While the main focus of the postdoctoral researcher will be bioinformatic analyses, there is scope to also perform laboratory-based experiments depending on their interests. The bioinformatic researcher will also benefit from being immersed within a rich computational science environment at PeterMac with the possibility to present their findings, attend journal clubs and research seminars and interact with bioinformatic scientists in the PeterMac Computational Biology Program.


This position is initially for 2 years Full-Time (1.0 EFT) with an option of extension beyond the fixed term. Consideration will be given for suitable applicant looking for a part-time position. We encourage people of all minority and underrepresented backgrounds to apply and can accommodate flexible working arrangements.


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 requires its staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this requirement.

Peter Mac offers its employees the following benefits:

  • Salary Packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Central City Location
  • Training and Development Program
Selection Criteria Essential: PhD (or recently submitted thesis) in a relevant quantitative field such as bioinformatics, computational biology, or in molecular biology with a strong bioinformatic focus.
Contact Person Dr Melanie Eckersley-Maslin
Contact Number 03 8859 5958
Closing Date 05/12/2021
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