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Research Fellow - Ovarian Cancer Organoid Program

Cabrini Health

Research Fellow - Ovarian Cancer Organoid Program
Full time, 12 month Fixed Term Contract (with potential for ongoing)
Cabrini Malvern, Patricia Peck Research & Education Precinct
Salary $105,000 + superannuation

Cabrini offers:

  • Tax savings - Salary Packaging up to $15,900 tax free each year, plus meal & entertainment card
  • Hybrid arrangement, work from home (2 days per week)
  • Discounted hospital services and discount to Myki Commuter Club pass
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Enjoyable workplace culture in a values driven organisation

How you will make an impact
We are seeking a research-only academic to contribute to the research effort of the organisation as part of a collaborative program between Cabrini Research’s Department of Medical Oncology and the Monash Biomedical Discovery Institute (BDI) Ovarian Cancer Organoid Program.

The Research Fellow will be required to carry out genomic and proteomic techniques to identify changes within ovaries resulting in tumour formation and characterise mechanisms driving drug resistance. This involves and is not limited to tissue processing, establishment and characterisation of human ovarian cancer organoids from both cancerous and non-cancerous clinical samples, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and complex transcriptional profiling. In addition, the Research Fellow will be involved in the optimisation and carrying out of drug assays.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Performing research both independently and as part of an inter-disciplinary research team and producing or contributing to the production of conferences and seminar papers and publications from that research
  • Collection and processing of human ovarian tissue samples, in vitro organoid culture maintenance and expansion, cryopreservation of organoid cultures, and histological/molecular characterisation
  • Conducting a range of drug screens, which includes experimental planning, data collection and analysis
  • Contributing to the preparation of results and reports drawing on expertise and applying it in new and innovative ways to achieve outcomes

About you
To be successful in the role you will need to have the following:

  • A doctoral qualification in the relevant discipline area or a closely related research field
  • Expertise in complex tissue culture growth, preferably experience with organoid cultures
  • Demonstrated data analysis and manuscript and research proposal preparation skills including a solid track record of refereed research publications
  • Ability to solve complex problems by using discretion, innovation and the exercise diagnostic skills and/or expertise
  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills with proven ability to produce clear, succinct reports and documents
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and proficiency in the production of high level work using software including Microsoft Office


  • Demonstrated experience in performing various cell culture assays including drug screens
  • Experience in gene expression data analysis for experimental applications including single cell assays
  • Experience/knowledge in xenograft models
  • Experience in immunohistochemistry staining and characterisation

To view the full position description please click here

Enquiries should be directed to: Donna Li Cabrini Research HR Administrator 9508 3427

Working for Cabrini

Cabrini Health is a Catholic, private, for-purpose health service located in Melbourne’s southeast. Inspired by the mission and ethic of care of the Cabrini Sisters, we have been providing quality, compassionate care to our community for 75 years.

There is something special about Cabrini. Wherever we work, we are compassionate, connected people transforming lives together. Our highly skilled staff and specialists incorporate clinical research, innovative models of care, and state-of-the-art technology to deliver the best possible care and outcomes for our patients. We demonstrate our mission to serve our community through outreach programs that support asylum seekers and provide healthcare in rural communities and in underdeveloped countries.

Our size, reputation, and growth strategy ensure genuine opportunities for our people to learn, grow and realise their potential.

Cabrini is an equitable and inclusive employer and is committed to providing a safe environment for children and vulnerable people.

Our values: Compassion - Integrity - Courage - Respect


Employment with Cabrini Health will be based on satisfactory background checks such as professional references, National Police Check, vaccinations for Influenza and COVID-19 (including boosters), plus a Working with Children Check (WWCC) may also be requested.

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AdministrationCabrini Health
Location Melbourne
Job Reference Number R005024
Classification Administration
Sub Classification Other
Job Type Contract/Full-Time
Estimated Salary Package Not Applicable
Closing Date 22-06-2024

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