Advanced Technician in Vitro

Randwick, Australia
02 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW is currently implementing a ten year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

About the role

  • $71,451 - $80,850 plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • Continuing 
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

Applications are sought for a Research Technician position within the vibrant and interdisciplinary Stem Cell & Cancer Group.

Traditional therapies primarily targeting the bulk epithelial cancer cells have failed due to confounding effects attributed to distinct sub populations of highly chemoresistant cancer stem cells. We propose that a global approach is needed to break the cycle of incremental gains and make a significant breakthrough in treating cancer.

We have developed novel therapeutic approaches that will now be tested (pre-)clinically with in-depth analysis of (liquid) tumor biopsies to understand how the therapy impacts the tumor's biology. A set of innovative lab technologies has been developed for this purpose and the successful candidate will undergo comprehensive training by senior scientists and technicians as required.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Good knowledge of cancer cell biology. Specific interest in studying the epigenetic regulation of cancer stem cells with minimal supervision.
  • Specific interest in analysing liquid biopsies.
  • Experience in flow cytometry, cell sorting, confocal microscopy and/or primary cell culture.
  • Strong ability to communicate well, work within a team and maintain good laboratory records.
  • BSc degree in a biological subject (essential).  

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Prof. Christopher Heeschen

Head, Stem Cells in Cancer Group


T: (61 2) 9385 1004

Applications close: 1 April 2018