Clinical Research Fellow - Breast and Prostate Cancer

Job No: GC201971
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW

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 study 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 Anthony Joshua leads the medical oncology department at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre. He leads a large clinical trial portfolio, with a focus on genitourinary, phase I and melanoma trials. Associate Professor Elgene Lim leads the breast cancer clinical portfolio as well as the Connie Johnson Breast Cancer Research Laboratory, a translational research laboratory at the Garvan Institute. We perform clinically focused laboratory research in partnership with patients who generously donate their tissues as critical building blocks for our experiments. We evaluate novel therapies in these preclinical breast cancer models, allowing us to understand the mechanisms of action and resistance, and to develop the preclinical rationale to move these treatments into clinical trials in patients. Another major focus of our group is hormone receptors (such as the estrogen and androgen receptors) in breast cancers, and identifying ways to sensitise these cancer cells to endocrine therapies.


The Opportunity

The Clinical Researcher Fellow is responsible for developing the translational breast cancer research program. The projects will be translational in nature, interfacing between clinical trials, overseeing investigator initiated trials, patient sample acquisition, and clinical follow up of patients.

The Clinical Research Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the running of investigator initiated and sponsored prostate and breast cancer clinical trials
  • Overseeing the patient tissue acquisition program at the Connie Johnson Laboratory, including Project Share and the rapid autopsy program.
  • Conducting experiments and other duties in a timely, efficient and diligent manner to assist in the overall project progressing expeditiously
  • Collating and recording experimental data accurately, writing up experimental procedures and contributing to the interpretation of experimental results
  • Participating in regular meetings with the Laboratory Head to discuss current and planned experiments
  • Presenting (on a rostered basis) to all members of the Cancer Division
  • Making recommendations to the Laboratory Head or Director of the Cancer Division about ways of improving techniques, quantitative methods and quality control
  • All staff are required to comply with Garvan’s Work Health & Safety (WHS) Policy and work in accordance with the WHS management system at all times
  • Other duties as assigned

About You

The successful candidate should possess the following: 

  • An MBBS/MD qualification
  • High motivation and level of commitment to achieving scientific goals
  • Team player
  • Excellent time management and written communication skills
  • High attention to detail and ability to carry out routinely high quality work
  • Willingness to apply for fellowship grants 

The position would be ideal for a 3rd year medical oncology fellow who is considering pursuing a PhD in breast or prostate cancer in the following year, as there is significant time set aside for research .


How to Apply   

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

Please include the following in your application:

  • 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.

This position will be offered on a full time basis for one year.

Closing Date

This position will remain open until filled. We’ll review applications as they are received, please submit your application as soon as possible.

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