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Peter Mac, Department of Oncology - Research Fellow

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062495
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department: Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology
Salary: Level B –  $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Lead research projects on cellular senescence and cancer epigenetics in breast cancer.
  • Point: Opportunity to work at the forefront of cancer research with translational impact and high publication potential.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, based at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre's Goel Laboratory, spearheads projects at the forefront of cellular senescence and cancer epigenetics, aiming to enhance breast cancer outcomes. Under the guidance of A/Prof Shom Goel, the lab explores the intricate interplay between cell cycle biology, epigenetics, and tumour immunology, driving advancements in drug therapies. Supported by prestigious research fellowships, the role offers a unique opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking discoveries and translate them into transformative clinical trials.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Significantly contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop your research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy.
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings in their area of expertise as opportunities arise.
  • Contribute to and assist in the co-supervision and training of research students at graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Conduct internationally competitive research (in collaboration with Senior Academic staff), resulting in publications in high impact journals.

Who We Are Looking For

The successful candidate should possess advanced technical expertise in cancer epigenetics or immunology, with a strong publication record and demonstrated research aptitude. Additionally, they must exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, fostering collaborative partnerships, and the ability to work effectively in diverse, multidisciplinary teams.

You will also have:

  • Completion of a PhD in in cancer biology, with a focus on cell cycle biology, epigenetics, immunology, or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated technical and advanced experience in cancer epigenetics (e.g. ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, Cut & Tag, Cut & Run) and/or cancer immunology.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic research career trajectory.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology

This position will be based within The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre home to the largest cancer research site in Australia, with more than 750 laboratory and clinical researchers, nurses, and support staff working in Australia’s most advanced cancer research centre. The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology at the University of Melbourne, located within the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, uniquely integrates cancer research with clinical practice. With a team of 700 researchers, their work encompasses various aspects of cancer management, from genetic risk assessment to developing innovative therapies. This research is supported by advanced infrastructure and technology, enabling both laboratory experiments and clinical trials to improve cancer treatment and patient outcomes.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

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Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Brett Verity via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Please note that in the event of sourcing a suitable candidate, the closing date for applications may be brought forward, and the job vacancy may be closed. Therefore, we encourage interested individuals to submit their applications promptly.

Position Description

Applications close: 14 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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