Research Team Leader

Research Team Leader

The Children's Cancer Institute (Australia)

Sydney, Australia

  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, close to transport

Children’s Cancer Institute is an internationally recognised and leading Independent Medical Research Institute based in Sydney, Australia, solely dedicated to improving health outcomes for children with cancer through world-class research discovery and translation.

Outstanding candidates are encouraged to apply for Team Leader positions at Children’s Cancer Institute.

Our Institute combines an outstanding track record in translational research with a strong focus on discovery science, with our research teams striving to identify the causes, best treatments and potential cures for childhood cancers.

Your Team Leader role

Children’s Cancer Institute comprises 260 staff and students who benefit from state-of-the-art research platforms and training opportunities. We are the largest research-based facility dedicated to childhood cancer in Australia and the region. Team Leader roles are being introduced as a key step in our transition to a new structure based around research themes to facilitate the translation of research into clinical application and better health outcomes. The research themes are:

  • Blood Cancers
  • Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics
  • Gene Regulation in Cancer
  • Translational Cancer Nanomedicine
  • Personalised Medicine

We are seeking to appoint emerging scientists or clinician-scientists as Team Leaders who will be responsible for establishing a research group and developing a research program of excellence. The successful applicant will integrate into one of the Institute’s themes. Experience in single-cell RNA seq will be an advantage, however, their research can include other areas that will advance translational and discovery research in childhood cancer. The Team Leader will be expected to work collaboratively both within and outside the Institute.

You will be expected to:

  • initiate and build an independent research group in an aspect of childhood cancer relevant to the goals of Children’s Cancer Institute
  • attract external competitive grant funding to independently support your research
  • identify novel and competitive research topics and undertake original and innovative analysis
  • actively publish research work in high-quality journals, contribute to publications and disseminate research findings at national and international conferences
  • mentor and guide the work and research of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers

Successful applicants will be provided with a research budget to support their research activities. They will also be expected to enhance this internal resource with national/international external funding.

Applicants will have a PhD or equivalent degree and an exemplary track record of research in their chosen area, as well as a demonstrated ability to lead an independent group in novel research that will contribute to the overall goals of the Institute.

To obtain further information on the Team Leader role, please see the contact information provided below…

The initial appointment will be for a 5-year term. Applications should include a cover letter, full academic curriculum vitae and contact details of two professional referees, two pages (maximum) summary of future research plans and contact details of two referees. Attention should also be given as to how your research will enhance the Institute’s existing research.

We are strongly committed to the growth of our employees so all staff can fulfil their aspirations. You’ll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it’s like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference. We’re looking for people who share our values of accountability, integrity and camaraderie, teamwork, sharing and excellence, success and satisfaction.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children’s Cancer Institute can be found on our website We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please click the ‘APPLY’ link and forward both your resume AND cover letter clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required. Note: Applications will be reviewed prior to the closing date; which is dependent on the status of the recruitment process.

Enquiries: Professor Maria Kavallaris – Head, Research Engagement

Ph: +61 293852158

Please apply via recruiter’s website.