Research Officer - Cancer Immunogulation and Immunotherapy

  • Cancer Immunology
  • 2 year contract with 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 complex 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 Cancer Immunoregulation and Immunotherapy Lab:

Our lab investigates how tumour-induced immune suppression impedes the effective treatment of established cancer. The laboratory aims to increase the proportion of cancer patients who will respond to immunotherapy by exploring novel pathways & combinations that can be rationally targeted. Subsequently, their scheduling & safety can be evaluated pre-clinically using unique mouse models the laboratory has developed. The lab is headed by Dr Michele Teng and comprised of over 7 staff and students.

Role Purpose / Responsibilities:

Applications are invited for a motivated research officer to investigate how targeting novel immunoregulatory pathways mediated by T and myeloid cells attenuate the balance of tumor immunity and autoimmunity.

This position will involve large number of in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo experiments, involving animal handling, animal experimentation (i.v, s.c, i.p injections), immune subset isolation, tumour infiltrating leukocyte (TIL) isolation, serum and tissue analysis, and complex flow cytometry.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

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

About you:

To be successful in this role you must be a highly motivated individual who has a PhD in cellular immunology, preferably with a background in autoimmunity and strong animal handling skills. Desirable skills and knowledge include immunohistochemistry, multiplex immunofluorescence, human immunology and computational biology. 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.

What we offer:

  • Salary Packaging
  • Bonus Superannuation
  • State of the art facilities
  • Supportive/collaborative team environment

Salary range is $76,615 - $82,202 per annum. This is a full- time appointment for two years with the prospect of renewal.

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Applications should address the selection criteria and include curriculum vitae, proof of qualifications, and the names and contact details of three professional referees.

31 July 2017
Contact Dr Michele Teng on 07 3845 3958 or