Research Officer, Cancer Immunotherapy

Sydney, Australia
$100,032 + 17% Superannuation
29 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Support leading research in exciting new projects focusing on immunotherapy in cancer
  • Full time, fixed term contract until August 2023
  • Base salary from $100,032 + 17% Superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney recently appointed Professor Cameron Turtle as the CLEARbridge Chair of Cancer Immunotherapy. Professor Turtle has recently returned to Australia from Seattle where he led clinical and laboratory research teams conducting multiple investigator-initiated phase 1 clinical trials of genetically modified cellular (CAR-T cell) immunotherapies for patients with haematologic malignancies.

The School of Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health has a great opportunity for a Research Officer to join Professor Turtle's team to provide technical research and operational support. You will prepare relevant research materials in collaboration with team members, performing fundamental aspects of research work, and facilitating the efficient operation of the research laboratory.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • support the design of laboratory research work
  • assist with the development and coordination of experiments and laboratory exercises
  • collect research data and prepare statistical analysis/reports
  • maintain the laboratory, oversee operations and student research activities in the work area
  • coordinate the development and submission of research publications
  • ensure that ethics guidelines, standards and WHS requirements are met at all times
  • undertakes ad-hoc projects and other activities.

About you

  • tertiary qualification in immunology, medical sciences and/or relevant experience in a related field
  • proven experience in a biomedical research-intensive environment
  • strong laboratory skills in human T cell immunology, including cellular and molecular aspects
  • The following skills are advantageous:
    • T cell culture, phenotypic and functional assays
    • Multi-parameter flow cytometry
    • Lentiviral transduction
    • Single cell RNA sequencing/CITEseq
    • Multiplexed tissue imaging e.g. CODEX
    • Experience with xenogeneic models of T cell immunotherapy
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • strong problem-solving skills paired with the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement
  • knowledge of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role-required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary steps, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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