Research Officer - Immunology in Cancer & Infection

  • Based in Herston, Brisbane
  • 12 month full-time appointment
  • 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.

About the team:

The Immunology in Cancer and Infection Laboratory aims to understand the fundamental workings of the host immune system in response to cancer and metastasis, and then modulate the immune system through therapeutic interventions. We are a large international laboratory of tumour immunologists and cancer biologists (>20 staff and students).


Role Purposes / Responsibilities:

Applications are invited for a Research Officer (at least 2 years experience) to join the Immunology in Cancer and Infection Laboratory headed by Professor Mark Smyth. The position is to work on the development of novel cancer immunotherapies.

You are expected to have a strong track record in cancer research, immunology, molecular biology and animal research or clinical translation. This position will work in a team comprised of a senior project officer and two post doctoral fellows and will be dedicated to testing novel human and mouse antibodies to a tumor immunosuppression target in cancer.

The following duties will apply:

  • Culturing a variety of mouse and human cancer cell lines
  • Inducing primary and transplantable tumors in mice
  • Administering immunotherapeutic agents (i.v., i.p., s.c. injections and oral gavage
  • Monitoring immune cell changes in the blood over time
  • Culturing a variety of mouse and human cancer cell lines
  • Immunophenotyping of tumors and lymphoid organs (flow cytometry and histology)
  • Some molecular biology techniques (experience with CRISPR preferred)


About You:

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

  • Cell culture
  • Preclinical translation
  • Flow cytometry

Salary will be commensurate with experience. This is a full-time appointment for 12 months 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.

18 August 2017
Contact Professor Mark Smyth, Mark.Smyth@qimrberghofer.edu.au