First listed on: 22 December 2021

Immunologist/Cancer Biologist


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The Opportunity

  • Use your expertise to provide leadership for anti-cancer/immunotherapy projects
  • Develop new bespoke biological assays for a range of industry projects
  • Innovative and collaborative workplace with fantastic flexibility

CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit brings together multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities using world-class infrastructure to partner with industry in order to develop innovative products and processes to allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable. The Biomedical Manufacturing Research Program works with biomedical companies to deliver new medical treatments and technologies that benefit millions of people in Australia and overseas, helping them live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

We are seeking an experienced Cancer Biologist/Immunologist to join the Biology R&D Group in the Biomedical Manufacturing Program. As the successful candidate, you will lead the development of bespoke, fit-for-purpose biological cell assays as well as overseeing/performing drug testing and data analytics/interpretation to guide cancer/immunology drug discovery projects towards industry and commercial impact. 

You will engage with industry partners/clients to develop, draft and execute research proposals and deliver on research outcomes, which will involve overseeing multi-disciplinary projects, potentially across multiple teams. Where required, you will also be responsible for developing new capabilities that are aligned with our Business Unit Strategies and industry needs to aid in our clients' R&D goals.

Your duties will include:

  • Biological cell assay development and drug testing protocols, data management and analysis that fit our client's needs.
  • Establishment of new assay protocols for in-house and external screening projects
  • Developing new bespoke, fit-for-purpose biological assays for a variety of different industry projects.
  • Staff management and project leadership for anti-cancer/immunotherapy projects.
  • Designing, overseeing, performing, analysing/interpreting experiments utilising a range of different techniques, including cell culture, murine and human cell isolation, flow cytometry, western blot analysis, qPCR and cell/tissue imaging.
  • Collaborating with medicinal chemists and biochemists to develop streamlined screening/testing pipelines for industry projects.

Location: Melbourne (Clayton) VIC
Salary: AU$117k - AU$138k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 80282

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant area such as Pharmacology, Biology, Immunology or Biochemistry with extensive postdoctoral research experience in preclinical drug discovery/cancer research or equivalent.
  • A track record of publications and / or patent inventorship in drug discovery or cancer/immunology research.
  • Extensive experience in assay design and development of in vitro and/or in vivo screening cascades and follow-up testing to support preclinical drug discovery programs in cancer or immunology research.
  • Experience in the analysis, interpretation and management of a wide variety of in vitro and in vivo data for cancer and/or immunology research. 
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate well with internal and external stakeholders.
  • A history of undertaking original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • To be able to work collaboratively and productively with others as part of multi-disciplinary research teams.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

6 February 2022, 11:00 pm AEDT