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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cancer Immunotherapy · Wellington, Wellington
Department Cancer Immunotherapy
Employment Type 1


The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) is New Zealand’s leading independent biomedical research institute, with a focus on breakthrough discoveries in immunology and immunotherapy. We have around 100 staff committed to finding cures for diseases using the body’s own immune system. 

We need a passionate and experienced Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join our hardworking and talented Cancer Immunotherapy team. 

As our new Research Fellow, you will be involved in the design and testing of new chimeric antigen receptors (CAR)s for T cell cancer therapy. The project will involve preparing CAR T-cells with new designs aimed at improving activity against solid tumours in combination with chemotherapy. Our successful applicant will take responsibility for in vitro and in vivo proof of principle studies. 

A strong background in immunology is crucial to this role, and experience in molecular biology is highly desirable. To succeed in this position you will be highly organised, incredibly driven and have adaptable mindset. Working within a high-functioning and friendly group, a commitment to a team-oriented workplace is an absolute must.

This is a full-time, 2-year fixed term position.


Education and Experience

  • PhD in Immunology, Molecular Biology or similar field.
  • 3+ years’ experience in academia or industry. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and test new chimeric antigen receptors (CAR)s for T-cell cancer therapy.
  • Prepare and submit manuscripts to refereed journals for publication.
  • Design and prepare research proposals to funding bodies and potential sponsors.
  • Supervise training and research activities for junior staff as necessary.
  • Accurate recording and reporting on the progress of your research.
  • Active involvement in and contribution to the Cancer Immunotherapy team. 


  • Opportunities to support and engage in life-saving projects.
  • A supportive team culture.
  • Exposure to a unique research environment working with highly driven scientists and support staff.
  • Training and development opportunities to support you in your career with us, with potential for career progression.
  • Opportunities for overseas travel and conference attendance.
  • Employee Assistance Programme – confidential, professional services to support and guide you through your life or work challenges.
  • An excellent location, with great offices at Victoria University in Kelburn offering a great supply of cafes and other amenities.
  • Access to a range of services from Victoria University’s Research library.
  • Base salary from $75k depending on experience.

If you share the Malaghan Institute’s passion for curing disease, and think you’d be a valuable addition to our Cancer Immunotherapy team, apply now by sending your cover letter and CV. Applications close Thursday 5th March 2020 for an immediate start. Interviews will be held throughout should the right candidate apply. Don’t wait, apply today!

Applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. 

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  • Location
    Wellington, Wellington
  • Department
    Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Employment Type