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Research Officer/Senior Research Officer - Investigator Early Career Level 1
  • Opportunity to work in a highly dynamic work environment
  • Job security - 3 year contract with strong prospect of renewal
  • Attractive salary packaging & superannuation options

About QIMR Berghofer:

QIMR Berghofer is a world-leading translational medical research institute focused on improving health by developing new diagnostics, better treatments and prevention strategies, specifically in the areas of cancer, infectious diseases, mental health and chronic disorders. Based in Herston, Brisbane and working in close collaboration with clinicians and other research institutes, QIMR Berghofer is home to more than 600 scientists, students and support staff.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute provides world class facilities for histology, flow cytometry, Imaging and animal experiments.

About the Immunology in Cancer and Infection Laboratory:

A program of 3 labs (Smyth/Teng/Bald) investigates how tumour-induced immune suppression impedes the effective treatment of established cancer. We aim to increase the proportion of cancer patients who will respond to immunotherapy by exploring novel pathways & combinations that can be rationally targeted. Scheduling & safety is evaluated using unique mouse models the laboratory has developed and new therapies designed and translated  through to early clinical trials with  our clinical colleagues. Our institute is part of a major hospital campus in Brisbane.

Role Purpose / Responsibilities:

Applications are invited for a motivated early career researcher to develop their own team and further leveraged funding within the the existing cancer immunotherapy framework, mentored by Professor Smyth.

This position will involve an active experimenter with mentoring capability familiar with cancer immunology and skilled in one of more of animal experimentation, cellular immunology, complex flow cytometry, single cell genetics, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • ability to manage multiple research projects arising from collaborations with academia or with pharmaceutical industry
  • supervision of students
  • application for relevant grant funding

Our institute has first rate facilities and infrastructure, including the largest gene targeted colony collection in Australia and worldwide.

The applicant will have the opportunity to interact with scientists and medical oncologists as part of the larger Cancer Immunology Group comprising of three laboratories (35 staff and students total). In addition, through our local, national and international clinical collaborations, the applicant will have the ability to translate any novel immuno-oncology targets discovered through our in-house multiplex immunohistochemistry capabilities and access to various fresh and FFPE human cancers. The laboratory also has commercial funding and the applicant will have the opportunity to undertake industry projects.

About you:

We are seeking an applicant who is independent, thinks creatively and is taking a 5-10 year view to developing a career in cancer immunology in Australia.

To be successful in this role you are expected to have technical knowledge and experience in:

  • Ph.D or MD, Ph.D (3-9 years post-doc experience) from an accredited university in immunology, immuno-oncology or related discipline.
  • Hands on experience working with various mouse tumor models.
  • Expertise in performing complex flow cytometry analysis on various immune organs and tumour infiltrating leukocytes.

Desirable skills and knowledge include

  • Computational skills for analyzing bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing data using various data software packages

You will have a strong publication track record (relative to opportunity). You have will demonstrable experience in the analysis of experimental results and preparation of research presentations. You should demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills and have the ability to work well within established collaborative academic teams and with pharmaceutical companies.

Remuneration: Salary range $82,506 to $110,512 (depending on experience) plus salary packaging benefits and generous superannuation. This is a full time position for three years with strong prospect of renewal to 5 years.  The package will include a component of running costs equivalent to NH&MRC EL1 level.

For further information:  
Contact Mark Smyth on

Closing Date:  28 July 2020

To submit an application: use the APPLY button. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover Letter, Resume and Selection Criteria. 

What we offer:

  • Salary Packaging
  • Bonus Superannuation
  • State of the art facilities
  • Stimulating work setting focussed on cutting edge medical research
  • Supportive/collaborative team environment
Job Ref: JM000017
Applications Close: Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020

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