Research Fellow in Medical Sciences

Sydney, Australia
23 May 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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.

The School of Medical Sciences (SoMS) is the largest School within UNSW Medicine, and one of the largest at UNSW. The School is based largely within the Wallace Wurth (Medicine) Building on the Kensington campus, but also includes the Lowy Cancer Research Centre.

The Translational Cancer Metabolism Group is located in the Lowy Cancer Research Centre (School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney). The group is led by A/Prof Jeff Holst who was recently recruited to UNSW along with his team of 6 full time researchers. The laboratory examines amino acid transport and metabolism in melanoma, breast and prostate cancer, funded through two Cancer Council NSW and a Movember Program grant. Additionally, it has a strong clinical translational program including biotech company funding for drug screening and testing in preclinical cancer models. This position is jointly funded by a Cancer Council NSW grant and our biotech partner, MetabloQ Pharmaceuticals, and will work with the team to undertake preclinical testing of our novel cancer therapeutics.

About the role

  • Research Fellow
  • $91,743K-$98,127 plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading
  • Full Time, Fixed Term (1 year)

The Research Fellow will undertake in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo studies investigating the effect of novel drugs targeting glutamine metabolism in breast cancer models. This role will involve culture and testing on human cancer cell lines, mouse tissues ex vivo, and in vivo mouse models including cancer xenografts.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • PhD in medical sciences
  • A strong knowledge base in cancer biology and/or immunology
  • Demonstrated experience in mammalian cell culture
  • Demonstrated experience in cell-based assays (e.g. flow cytometry, cell growth, apoptosis, cell cycle)
  • Demonstrated experience in biochemistry or protein biology techniques (e.g. Western blot, immunohistochemistry)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with either in vivo mouse cancer models or immune assays
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Computer literacy

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 directly to the contact listed.


Ian Jones

Recruitment Team Lead

T: +61 (0)2 9385 3260

Applications close: 21st June 2018

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