First listed on: 17 July 2020

  • Make an important contribution to the health of children through medical research
  • Work with one of Australia’s most respected independent medical research institutes
  • Located in Westmead, one of Sydney’s and Australia’s major biomedical research hubs  

Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) was Australia’s first dedicated paediatric research facility and is now one of the world’s most highly regarded independent medical research centres. Our research focuses on the areas of cancer, embryonic development and birth defects, neuroscience and gene therapy, and we have a strong international reputation based on our research outcomes. Research at CMRI is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and committed research and support staff. Our achievements are made possible by a loyal network of community supporters, highly engaged donors and the very successful Jeans for Genes® fundraising campaign.

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Telomere Length Regulation Unit. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and highly motivated PhD graduate with expertise in molecular biology, cell biology and bioinformatics. Research in the Telomere Length Regulation Unit focuses on telomere maintenance mechanisms in normal and cancer cells, DNA damage and repair pathways, and the development of therapeutic interventions that target telomere maintenance in cancers. The project will specifically focus on investigating telomeric replication stress in cancers that use the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) pathway. Candidates should have a PhD in molecular biology, interest in telomere biology and/or genome stability, a strong publication track record, and excellent written and presentation skills. Self-motivation, independence and a team spirit are important attributes. This is a fantastic opportunity to enter a productive laboratory in a dynamic and professional research organization.

The successful candidate will be provided with a competitive remuneration package in accordance with qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include the provision of a Public Benevolent Institution salary packaging scheme and participation in an employer-contributed superannuation fund.

Applications should include a cover letter (citing PV2020), curriculum vitae and contact details (phone/email) of three professional referees and be forwarded to Please direct enquiries regarding the position to Professor Hilda Pickett (

Due to current border restrictions, applicants are required to be Australian citizens or Permanent Residents, or have unrestricted working rights and be currently resident in Australia. International applicants with outstanding track records are welcome to contact Professor Pickett to discuss future fellowship possibilities.

We will interview suitable candidates as applications are received. Closing date for applications is 14th August 2020.

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