First listed on: 26 April 2018

  • Fully funded postdoctoral research fellowship
  • Work with one of Australia’s most respected national and 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 nation’s most highly regarded independent medical research centres. Our research focuses on the areas of cancer, embryonic development, neuroscience and gene therapy. CMRI’s research programs are supported by state of the art instrumentation and facility support in microscopy, proteomics and genome editing. Our achievements are made possible by a loyal network of community supporters, highly engaged donors and the very successful Jeans for Genes® fundraising campaign.

We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic PhD graduate to join the laboratory of Associate Professor, Tracy Bryan. The overall goal of the lab is to elucidate the biochemical and cellular mechanisms of action of the ribonucleoprotein telomerase, and how this relates to cancer cell immortality or diseases of insufficient telomere maintenance. In particular, we are interested in mechanistic analyses of our recent exciting findings of links between the DNA damage response, DNA replication stress, and telomerase recruitment to chromosome ends. Applicants with a background in the DNA damage or DNA replication fields are therefore encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have a PhD in cell and molecular biology, and a deep interest in telomere maintenance and/or genome stability. The successful candidate will have first author publication(s) in high profile international scientific journals, and experience at presenting their research at local or international conferences. They will have very strong spoken and written English capability, excellent presentation skills, team spirit, independence, creativity and self-motivation.

This Postdoctoral Fellowship is offered for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. You 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.

Interested candidates should send their application to, including a cover letter (citing PV1811) detailing your career goals and scientific interests, curriculum vitae and contact details (phone/email) of three professional referees. Further enquiries can be directed to Associate Professor Tracy Bryan (

Closing date for applications is 25 May 2018.

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