Research Officer - Stem Cells and Cancer

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: South Brisbane
Categories: Research

About the role

Mater Research is seeking a passionate, dedicated, creative emerging leader with expertise in mucosal immunology, neuro-immunology, bone marrow biology, vascular biology or stem cell biology and an interest in understanding how components of the stem cell niche influence cell fate and treatment and outcomes of disease. You will join our highly successful Stem Cells and Cancer group led by A/Prof Ingrid Winkler and work on innovative studies involving niche regulation of normal and malignant stem cells that has already led to novel strategies to enhance stem cell function and improve efficacy of cancer and leukaemia therapy and basis for clinical trials already underway.

Mater Research (MR) is a world-class institute that is committed to academic medicine and aims to discover, develop, translate, and commercialise medical research that integrates with relevant areas of excellence within clinical practice. MR discovers ways to prevent and treat conditions affecting babies, children, adolescents and adults, helping them to lead healthy lives.

Salary: Mater Research Level R1 $83,104-$89,208 + super + salary sacrificing

Requirements for the role

Your role will include creating, performing and analysing experiments in animal models, critical evaluation of results and unmet needs, generation of research presentations and manuscripts together with an enthusiastic team.  You will bring the following knowledge and skills to the position:

  • Qualifications / Research Background – PhD and expertise in Immunology, Vascular Biology, Haematology or Stem cell biology with strong understanding and skills in mucosal or neuro-immunology highly desired
  • Innovative problem solving skills - The ideal candidate has a passion for solving research problems and resilience when things do not go as planned as well as a clear understanding of the steps, resources and techniques required in the determined search for solutions.
  • Mouse handling expertise - The position utilises preclinical mouse models of disease and handling of patient samples and involves monitoring and handling of mice on an almost daily basis, including occasional weekend, animal behavioural assessments and administration of chemotherapeutics. Expertise and willingness to handle mice, chemotherapy and patient samples very important. 
  • Technical skills- Competence in understanding, performing, analysing and integrating experimental data from broad range of techniques including immunological assays (○flow cytometry, ○fluorescent microscopy, ○immunoblotting), histological scoring of gastro-intestinal sections, molecular techniques (RNA extractions, PCR, RNA sequencing) and cell biology (cell signaling, proteomics).
  • Sound technical knowledge of research environments, demonstrated research skills including in statistical analysis and data interpretation.
  • Commitment to the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research (honesty, rigour, transparency, fairness, respect, recognition of research by others, accountability and promote supportive research culture)

 About you

Our team works very closely so personal qualities are highly valued:

  • A natural curiosity and love of learning
  • Team spirit –A positive role model as part of a team
  • Strong work ethic - Self motivation, dedication, resilience and commitment to completing a job well
  • High-level organisational skills – Can adapt and prioritise work demands, efficiently manage resources. Clear and organised recording of experimental data. Maintaining confidentiality and deadlines
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to promoting values, philosophy and mission of Mater Research Familiy, to be always thoughtful, considerate and responsible to others.

Why join us?

In return for your skills, effort and enthusiastic commitment you will have the opportunity to work for an Australian leader in the field of Health, Education and Research and work with a team who make a real difference to the lives of our patients, consumers and community.

Mater provides benefits not offered in other workplaces. In addition to being part of a workplace that offers compassionate care in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, you will have opportunities to increase your take-home pay with our salary packaging options.

To Apply:

To learn more - please view here Download File 2105 PD - Research Officer - Stem Cells and Cancer.pdf

Please click "Apply now" -Applications should include a cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae addressing the selection criteria in the attached position description along with contact details of two professional referees.

For position enquiries, please contact A/Prof Ingrid Winkler at

Applications close COB Wednesday 30 June 2021

*Please Note: We will not require any support from Recruitment Agencies at this time and kindly request no contact is made. Only direct applications will be considered.

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