Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Tumour Immunology Lab

    • Exciting new opportunity for an early to mid-career postdoctoral researcher

    • Actively participate in translational research which has real impact on patient outcomes

    • Generous staff benefits including the ability to salary package up to $18,550 per annum

    About the position

    This position is within the Tumour Immunology Laboratory (TIL) of the Cancer Immunobiology Program, which has a particular interest in malignant melanoma as a disease for the development of cancer immunotherapies, and understanding the characteristics of antigen systems for immune targeting.

    The Lab’s most recent research identified molecules that are required for the activation of innate immune cells as highly expressed on cancer (Butyrophilin 2A1 is essential for phosphoantigen reactivity by γδ T cells. Science 09 Jan 2020 DOI: 10.1126/science.aay5516). The successful applicant will work on deciphering the exact role that these molecules play in cancer immunity.

    Additional research the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus on includes:

    • Melanoma cell biology, cellular plasticity, cellular immunology and the role of cancer antigens;
    • Analysis of human anti-cancer immunity that arises spontaneously in cancer patients;
    • Antigen processing & presentation - exploring the regulators of DC function including antigen uptake, processing, cross-presentation & T cell stimulation.

    About you

    To be considered for this role, you must have a PhD in science or related discipline, and background and experience in immunology is a must. Your research will require you to to perform a range of molecular biology techniques including:

    • Tissue and organ preparation with subsequent flow cytometry analysis;
    • Working with murine models;
    • Immunohistochemistry and/or immunofluorescence.

    The successful candidate must have demonstrated experience with mouse work, flow cytometry/multi-parameter FACS, cellular immunology and tissue culture. Cell sorting experience, microscopy and imaging and cell biology would be highly regarded but not essential. You are self-motivated with the ability to think and work independently and also cooperatively, and will be expected to assist with supervision of research assistants and students within the lab. In addition, the postdoc will actively contribute to collaborations and the strategic vision and performance of the lab.

    This position is fixed term for 2 years. As an ONJCRI staff member, you will have access to professional development and mentoring, state of the art facilities and generous benefits including the ability to salary package.

    To apply

    Click here to download the position description. Please forward your cover letter and CV with 3 referee details, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-057/2020 to Dr. Andreas Behren, Tumour Immunology Laboratory Head, via email at

    Closing Date for Applications:31 July 2020

    Due to anticipated high volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.