Kairangahau / Research Officer: CAR T-Cell Research Programme

CAR T Cell Research Programme · Kelburn, Wellington
Department CAR T Cell Research Programme
Employment Type 1
Minimum Experience Experienced

E te kaikimi mahi, tēnā koe /Greetings, job-seeker,


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

The Malaghan Institute is committed to Vision Mātauranga, and supports Māori health advancement in partnership with Te Urungi Māori, the Institute’s Māori advisory group. We welcome Māori applicants for this role. The Malaghan Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and values diversity. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Our Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell group is dedicated to understanding CAR T-cell signalling and function and using this knowledge to develop targeted cancer therapies for patients. We are seeking an experienced, passionate and hard-working Kairangahau (Research Officer) to contribute to our mission: ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to the best possible cancer treatments. In this role, you will be involved in basic research as well as pre-clinical R&D and process development for the clinical CAR T-cell programme.

This exciting opportunity is designed for an MSc or BSc graduate with several years of research experience and an understanding of immunology and familiarity with human primary cell culture. Our successful candidate will be adaptable, demonstrate scrupulous attention to detail, and will communicate effectively within their friendly and collaborative team.

This is a full time position for an initial fixed term of 24 months.

Tohu Mātauranga / Qualifications

  • Hons / MSc in Biomedical Science.

Ngā pūkenga / Experience and Skills

  • Minimum 3 years of sound laboratory experience.
  • Solid understanding of Immunology.
  • Excellent aseptic technique.
  • Experience in human primary T cell culture and lentiviral transduction.
  • Skills in immunological assays: flow cytometry, ELISA, cytotoxicity assays.
  • Familiarity with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) or Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is desirable

Ngā ahuatanga / Desired traits

  • Hard-working, a true passion for research.
  • Cooperative and friendly team member.
  • Clear communicator, both written and oral.
  • Detail-focussed, including careful record keeping.
  • Flexibility around hours.

Ngā kawenga / Key Responsibilities

  • Lab management including ordering, inventory & regulatory affairs.
  • Assisting students and postdocs with basic research experiments.
  • Assisting the GMP team with R&D experiments and clinical samples.
  • Human T cell selection, activation, lentiviral transduction and cell expansion.
  • Conventional and spectral flow cytometry & immunological assays.
  • Attendance at weekly CAR T-cell team research meetings to report progress.
  • Accurate record keeping, reporting orally and in writing on the progress of the research.
  • Assisting data analysis and the preparation of results for publication and presentation.

Ngā painga / Benefits

  • Opportunity to contribute to a ground-breaking and life-saving project.
  • 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.
  • Employee Assistance Programme – confidential, professional services which can support and guide you through your personal or work challenges.
  • An excellent location, with great offices at Victoria University in Kelburn offering a great choice of cafes and other amenities.
  • Access to a range of services from Victoria University’s Research library.
  • Base salary from $55k, depending on experience.


If you share our passion of building cures for cancer, and think you’d be a valuable addition to this project, apply now by sending both your Cover Letter and CV. Applications close Sunday 20th June at 5pm for a start date as soon as possible. Interviews may be held immediately should the right candidates apply, so don’t wait, apply today!


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  • Location
    Kelburn, Wellington
  • Department
    CAR T Cell Research Programme
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience