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Research Assistant/officer, Sarcoma Translational Research

Telethon Kids Institute - Perth, WA

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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The Telethon Kids Cancer Centre is looking for a skilled Research Assistant / Research Officer to join our Sarcoma Translational Research team. The Sarcoma Group aims to identify new treatments for children and young people with sarcoma. By investigating the dynamic events underlying effective anti-tumour immune responses, we aim to identify effective new treatments (Lesterhuis, Nat Rev Drug Discov 2017, Zemek et al Sci Transl Med 2019). We use mouse surgery models that allow us to track the immune response over time and to test new interventions (Zemek et al Nat Protoc 2020; Rwandamuriye et al. JoVE 2020).

Specifically, for this project, we are developing immunotherapy approaches that can be applied during surgery in order to prevent local relapse and metastasis.

The Project Will Include

  • Murine experiments e.g. establishment of tumours, debulking surgery under general anaesthesia, administration of substances to animals via multiple routes, animal imaging, welfare monitoring; and
  • FACS, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, cell culture, molecular analyses, ELISA.
The Position

As our new Research Assistant / Research Officer you will conduct research into sarcoma with the goal of finding new effective treatments, working in a team and supporting other researchers within the group. The research will involve applying immunotherapy during surgery in mouse models of sarcoma, combined with lab bench immunology and molecular biology work, as well as working with blood samples from a veterinary clinical trial.

The project is highly translational in nature and involves collaborations with material scientists, veterinary oncologists, surgeons and paediatric oncologists. The a bility to build credible and trusted relationships at all levels is crucial. To be successful in this role, you will be highly motivated and have a desire to contribute to high-quality research in paediatric oncology.

Full time or Part time applicants will be considered. The position is for 2 years with the potential for extension.

About You

The key to your success will be your demonstrated experience in the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree with honours, Master’s degree or PhD in field of biological or related sciences
  • Experience with mouse models
  • Experience in cell biology techniques (including cell culture)
  • Demonstrated ability to set goals, develop priorities and meet deadlines to perform both self-directed and guided research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding personal initiative and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
If you are passionate about what you do and motivated to succeed, please 'Apply Now' through our career portal. You will need your CV and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) addressing the selection criteria above.

Our Culture

Our aim is to create a workplace where people are respected and encouraged to fulfil their potential. We encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to acquire knowledge and enhance skills; we embrace all employee differences and foster a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

We value our people and in return, you will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package and as a not-for-profit this includes salary packaging of up to $15,899 (increases your take home pay!) and the opportunity to be part of a long-standing organisation.

We offer excellent training and development opportunities and generous staff benefits including flexible working conditions, paid parental leave, social activities and a health and wellbeing program.

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Contact Name: Joost Lesterhuis

Contact Email: joost.lesterhuis@telethonkids.org.au

Closing Date: 12/04/2021 - Telethon Kids reserve the right to hire prior to the closing date

The Telethon Kids Institute is one of the nation's leading medical research organisations. We are home to a diverse team of more than 750 staff and postgraduate students dedicated to improving child health and development.

Telethon Kids is an independent medical research institute, based within the Perth Children's Hospital at the QEII Medical Centre campus in Nedlands, Western Australia. The Institute’s purpose-built facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories, collaborative work spaces, clinical suites and meeting spaces with access to leading-edge technology and research services.

Our research teams are among the world's best and we have strong affiliations with the children's hospital and all the major Western Australian universities.

The Telethon Kids Institute is committed to being champions of gender equity, diversity and inclusivity. We actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for positions with the Institute to support our aim of improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families and to continue to build a culturally competent, respectful and safe place to work.

*The successful candidate will be asked to provide a satisfactory National Police Check (obtained within the last 3 months) prior to commencement*