Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Sciences

Sydney, Australia
13 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Kensington

School: School of Medical Sciences

Faculty/Division: MED (Faculty of Medicine)

  • One of the Asia-Pacific’s leading research intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

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 Pancreatic Cancer Translational Research Group is located in the Lowy Cancer Research Centre (School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney). The group is led by A/Prof Phoebe Phillips who has >18 years’ experience in the field and is internationally recognised for her work in pancreatic fibrosis, tumour-stromal interactions and chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer. The group has a strong focus on the identification and therapeutic targeting of novel genes which regulate stromal remodelling in the pancreatic tumour microenvironment as well as genes which promote pancreatic cancer cell growth, metastases and chemoresistance. The three Post-Doctoral fellowship positions are supported by Cancer Australia, Tour De Cure and NHMRC funding bodies.

About the role

  • Post-Doctoral Fellows (2 x positions) - $91,743K-$98,127 plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading
  • Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow (1 position) - $103,047K-$121,478K plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed Term (1 year)

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will undertake in vitro and in vivo studies investigating the effect of reprogramming the tumour microenvironment by therapeutically targeting genes which regulate stromal remodelling and pancreatic cancer cell growth and chemoresistance. This role will involve genetic manipulation of human and mouse stromal pancreatic stellate cells and pancreatic cancer cells using cutting-edge nanotechnology as well as pharmacological inhibitors targeting metabolic proteins and assessment of stromal cell function and effects on adjacent pancreatic cancer cells in vitro and in vivo.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in medical sciences
  • A strong knowledge base in cancer biology
  • Demonstrated experience in mammalian cell culture (experience with pancreatic cancer cells desirable)
  • Demonstrated experience in preparation of protein, DNA and RNA from mammalian cells
  • Demonstrated experience in genetic manipulation of mammalian cells with siRNA and shRNA
  • Molecular and protein biology techniques (Western blot, immunohistochemistry, qPCR, siRNA transfections)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with in vivo cancer models
  • 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 in your application. The position description and selection criteria can be found below;

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.


A/Prof. Phoebe Phillips
Head, Pancreatic Cancer Translational Research Group and Deputy Director, Adult Cancer Program 
T: - (61 2) 9385 3299

Applications close: 11:55pm on Sunday 15th July 2018

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