Laboratory head / Faculty positions

The institute strives to be the employer of choice for scientists who are passionate about becoming independent laboratory heads.

We have created an exciting range of opportunities in the areas of:

Cancer and Haematology

The Cancer and Haematology division is seeking a talented postdoctoral scientist embarking on their first laboratory head appointment and whose research interests focus on the generation and application of next generation sequencing technologies and genomics approaches to the understanding of human leukaemia development and treatment response. Appointments would commence in 2015.

Enquiries to Professor Warren Alexander or Professor Nick Nicola. Ref: WEHI/CACH

Molecular Immunology

The Molecular Immunology division is seeking a talented scientist looking for their first laboratory head appointment and whose interests centre on understanding the immune system. Of particular interest will be research programs that have the potential to gain insights into the molecular and cellular controls driving differentiation of immune cells and that have synergy with the existing research foci of the division.

Enquiries to Professor Stephen Nutt. Ref: WEHI/MKMI


The Immunology division is looking for an outstanding junior scientist who will bring novel creative approaches to immune studies. Of particular interest are research programs examining sources of variation and control of immune cell fates. These studies could be within the T or B cell arm and focused on either human or animal model systems. The successful applicant will be expected to complement the existing research directions of the division.

Enquiries to Professor Phil Hodgkin. Ref:WEHI/MKIMM

Systems Biology and Personalised Medicine

The institute is seeking to recruit a laboratory head specialising in Proteomics. We would be happy to consider existing laboratory heads seeking to move to the institute or talented postdoctoral scientists seeking their first laboratory head appointment.

In addition to the development of new proteomic technologies, the successful applicant would be expected to establish collaborations with the institute's biologists and clinician scientists and with researchers in the broader Parkville campus. Appointment would commence in 2014 or 2015 and would be in the Systems Biology and Personalised Medicine division.

Potential applicants are encouraged to speak with the head of the Systems Biology and Personalised Medicine division, Professor Liam O’Connor. Ref: WEHI/YSSB

Cell Signalling and Cell Death

The Cell Signalling and Cell Death division is seeking a talented scientist looking for their first laboratory head appointment, and whose interests centre on the molecular mechanisms of inflammation or cell death. Those who have skills and interests that complement those of the division are particularly encouraged to apply.

Enquiries can be directed to Professor David Vaux or Associate Professor John Silke. Ref: WEHI/CACSCD


Terms of appointment

The institute aims to provide laboratory heads with opportunities to succeed within the first five years of employment. The institute will provide a package of support that includes financial support for salaries and consumables, professional development and collaborations.

Gender equity

The instittue is acutely aware of the difficulties women face in transitioning from postdoctoral scientist to laboratory head. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support female laboratory heads.

How to apply

Potential laboratory head applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the head of the division in which the vacancy exists to determine whether their skills and research interests are well-aligned with those of the division. Potential applicants should also discuss with division heads their requirements for financial support of their research, laboratory space and level of appointment.

Expressions of interest should include a full CV and a one-page summary of research achievements, two-page summary of future research plans and the names and contact details of three referees. Please submit your application to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) quoting the specific reference number in the subject line.

Particular attention should be given to how the applicant's research will enhance existing research programs at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to present an hour-long seminar and speak with faculty members in October and November. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-December.

Applications close Sunday 20 July 2014.