Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Research Officer - Tumor Progression

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Darlinghurst, Australia

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes, with over 600 scientists, students and support staff. We pioneer research into the most widespread diseases affecting our community today, including cancer, neurodegenerative and mental diseases, disorders of the immune system, diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis and other skeletal disorders. 


Associate Professor Alex Swarbrick heads a multidisciplinary laboratory with the mission to develop new treatment strategies for breast and prostate cancer. His lab studies human disease and patient-derived xenografts using advanced molecular and cellular biology, immunology & computational methods.


With his close clinical collaborators, he runs a fresh tissue collection program, building unique cohorts of tissue sampled throughout disease progression. These tissues undergo analysis using methods including flow cytometry and single cell sequencing. In vitro and animal models are then used to test novel mechanistic hypotheses, treatments & biomarkers. The most promising biomarkers or treatment strategies undergo rigorous preclinical testing followed by early phase clinical trials.


The Opportunity

Dr Swarbrick is seeking a Research Officer who will be responsible, under direction, for generating new biological insights into the stromal and immune tumour microenvironment (TME) of breast and prostate cancer. The research officer will perform experimental work to assess the implications of novel TME biology on tumour progression and immunology.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Design and manage own experiments and report and discuss findings back to supervisor
  • Regularly attend extra seminar meetings and conferences
  • Contribute towards research projects through to authorship of abstracts and publications in journals specific to field
  • Develop research-related material for the benefit of collaborators, with appropriate guidance from senior staff, and assist in the design and/or the operation of specialised laboratory and technical equipment or the conduct of advanced research procedures
  • Proactively and efficiently manage the administrative functions associated with lab management
  • Organise resource and equipment issues


The role will be offered full-time for 1 year in the first instance, with the potential for renewal.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key skills and qualifications:

  • PhD in relevant field such as cancer cell biology or immunology.
  • Molecular biology skills, e.g. PCR, cloning, cell transfection, CRISPR
  • Experience with cell biology, reporter assays, imaging, flow cytometry and other immunoassays (ELISA)
  • Mouse model experience
  • Imaging (confocal; light microscopy and working knowledge of related software)
  • Ability to rapidly learn new techniques
  • Results-oriented; adaptable approach to answering scientific questions
  • Excellent time management and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Display innovative and proactive abilities
  • Comfortable with moderate decision making
  • Possess strong computing skills
  • Previous experience working with genomics or related techniques
  • An interest or ability in computer coding in environments such as R
  • Expertise/knowledge in the field of cancer immunology or the tumour microenvironment


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites/channels will unfortunately not be considered. 


Your application should include: 

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts


Only applicants with working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.