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Current openings
Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy Unit
The Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy Unit develops systemic immunotherapeutic approaches to improve patient outcome. Our goal is to identify ways by which the immune system can be modulated for cancer treatment and develop effective immunotherapy for cancers especially cancers that are common in the Asian region.

Post-doctoral Scientist

We are recruiting a Post-doctoral Scientist that will assist the head of unit to establish research programs that are relevant and internationally competitive. The scientist will involve in immunogenomics analysis to identify differentially expressed genes that can further correlated to immune status, and shortlisted potential candidates for the development of novel immunotherapy. Moving forward, the scientist is expected to design both in vitro and in vivo experiments to evaluate potential immunotherapeutic targets and ensure the data generated is aligned with both publication and regulatory standards. In addition, he/she is responsible to ensure the team stays up to date with cutting-edge technologies and research publications.

Together, this program will enable the active development of innovative immunotherapies and improve our understanding of the immune regulation of cancer patients.

The ideal candidate would be:
  • PhD in immunology or cancer biology

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Cancer Prevention & Population Science Unit
The Cancer Prevention and Population Science Research Unit conducts research in the Asian population to determine a person’s risk of cancer and to find ways to reduce the risk. We now know that both inherited genetic factors and lifetime exposure to risk factors (such as tobacco, alcohol, diet, obesity and exercise, our microbiome, our hormones, environmental pollutants and infections) combine to put a person at risk of cancer. We aim to develop a better understanding of these genetic, lifestyle and environmental risk factors in the Asian population and to develop interventions to enable prevention and early detection of cancer.

Project Manager

We are recruiting a Project Manager to assist in a project to evaluate the impact of risk stratified approaches to early detection of breast cancer.

Over the past >10 years, the CPPS unit has built one of the largest case-control studies of breast cancer in the South East Asian population. To date, we have characterized the rare and common germline variants associated with risk to breast cancer (Dorling et al., NEJM 2021, Wen et al., BCR 2019) and evaluated the performance of polygenic risk scores in risk assessment in the Asian population (Ho et al., Nat Comms 2021, Ho et al., Genet Med 2022). Risk assessment tools incorporating genetic and other risk factors are currently being evaluated in North America and Europe to determine the impact of risk stratification on reducing overdiagnosis of breast cancer. However, the utility of these tools in helping women make decisions about screening has not been tested in the Asian population.

To take this forward, we have established collaborations with organisations and hospitals which are offering opportunistic screening in Malaysia, to evaluate the impact of risk stratification on early detection of breast cancer. The Project Manager will work closely with the PIs for the study [Prof Datin Paduka Dr Teo and A/Prof Dr Ho Weang Kee] to operationalize the study. In particular, the Project Manager will ensure that participants are recruited appropriately, biological samples are collected and archived, and that the data is appropriately collected into a data management system. The Project Manager will also assist in ethics applications and any other compliance matters.

The ideal candidate would be:
  • To be responsible for project execution, including overseeing the training and supervision of study coordinators, the recruitment of study participants, the collection of biological samples and the collection of data
  • To ensure that research programmes meet external and internal milestones, and to be responsible for drafting and submitting the necessary reports.
  • If needed, to maintain a register of possible grant applications and to work with the Head of Research Unit to prepare and compete for these grant applications, ensuring all the time that there is sufficient funding for the project
  • To be responsible for creating and fostering good working relationships with community partners, NGOs, donors, corporate sponsors, and any other stakeholders involved in the project.
  • To supervise and mentor study coordinators, research associates, students and other internal as well as external scientists, as and when required

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Core Laboratory Unit
The Core Laboratory brings together skills in bio-specimen collection and genetic technologies to provide the platform for translational cancer research and adoption of precision medicine in Malaysia. Specifically, the team takes charge of sample collection, processing and storage of the Malaysian breast cancer genetic study, and performs the genetic testing for our clinical trials which include immunotherapy for breast cancer patients with a genetic marker more commonly found in Asians and PARP inhibitor therapy for breast cancer patients with a genomic biomarker developed at Cancer Research Malaysia.

Post-doctoral Scientist
The Post-Doctoral Scientist will assist the head of unit in research programmes relating to precision medicine. The scientist will liaise with pathology laboratories to collect and analyse tumours for CRMY-initiated clinical trials, research programmes and pilot projects in various cancers (e.g. breast, ovarian, head and neck, familial cancers). Using these samples, the employee will perform appropriate genomic and histopathological technologies to identify actionable somatic mutations, signatures or biomarkers. In addition, the employee will continue to work in the unit’s second research area in variant curation and classification in cancer predisposition genes. Together, these core processes will facilitate translational research programmes and the adoption of precision medicine in Malaysia.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting the Head of Research Unit in developing projects that are consistent with the strategic directions of the Research Unit; and planning and performing experiments that are necessary to meet project goals on time
  • Building on the strategic directions for the Research Unit, to take the lead in designing and executing designated research study. This includes taking the lead in analysing research results and providing insights to enable next steps to be designed and implemented, not only for own projects but for those under supervision
  • To maintain an up to date understanding of the relevant literature. To ensure that the research projects are relevant and impactful, by identifying and building new collaborations, and maintaining effective collaborations. To identify potential competitors, to ensure that the research remains relevant, competitive and impactful
  • Lead in drafting and submitting the necessary reports for designated projects, including independently leading research publications, preparing reports for grant or charitable organisations
  • Be responsible for equipment maintenance of specific equipment, and purchasing and stocking consumables as required by the Head of Unit or Head of Facilities
  • To work with OSH committee to put in place the necessary systems and checkpoints to ensure compliance with all appropriate regulatory, safety, ethical and any other frameworks
  • If required, identify, plan and deliver established technical research services that generate income and improve access to new technologies to Malaysian researchers, through CRMY
  • To design projects that may be executed by others (Industrial trainees, interns, research staff) and to supervision the successful execution of these research studies in the Research Unit. For staff, to identify appropriate training and career development programmes to ensure business continuity and succession planning
  • To take the lead in conceptualising and drafting grant applications and to work with the Head of Research Unit to ensuring sufficient funding for the Research Unit. To do so, to maintain an up-to-date register of possible grant sources

The ideal candidate would be:
  • Master’s or PhD degree qualifications in a related biological discipline. Relevant fields include cancer biology, genetics, genomics or pathology
  • Experience and broad skills in histopathology
  • Demonstrated skill in tissue sectioning, and successfully presenting data both in spoken (conference) or written (publication) form
  • Driven by a strong sense of making an impact, with strong problem solving skills, including conflict resolution skills
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Translational Cancer Biology Unit
The Translational Cancer Biology Research Unit identifies and investigates the unique and critical genetic, molecular and cellular changes underlying cancer development, particularly in cancers that disproportionately affect Asians. Our work provides insights into disease mechanisms with implications for the development of improved therapies for cancers. This includes integrating large-scale drug response data with gene dependency and multi-omics data to improve our understanding of critical genes that keep the cancer cells alive, as well as uncovering the mechanism of action of drugs with their associated biomarkers. The goal is to identify and prioritize novel targeted therapies for head and neck cancers.

Post-doctoral Scientist

The Postdoctoral Scientist will be responsible for delivering milestones of the research program. Specifically, he/she will be assisting the Head of the Research Unit to plan, design and conduct experiments to identify and elucidate EBV-driven host dependency factors in NPC. Besides, the Postdoctoral Scientist will also work on determining the function of novel EBV-host gene interactions in NPC carcinogenesis. This includes using cell and molecular biology techniques such as cell culture, knock-in/ knock-out experiments, cell viability assays, RT-PCR, Western blot, flow cytometry, and the use of in vitro and in vivo models. The research program is aimed at improving our mechanistic understanding of the viral-host genome interactions in NPC oncogenesis. Together, these could form the basis to design better and more targeted therapies for NPC.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • To assist in establishing the study design, conducting pilot studies and grant application
  • To ensure that research programmes meet external and internal milestones, and to be responsible for drafting and submitting the necessary reports
  • To ensure that the collaborations are established and maintained to meet agreed external and internal milestones
  • To supervise research associates, students and other internal as well as external scientists, as and when required
  • To communicate project or experiment results effectively
  • To resolve problems and to work towards timely and high-quality project completion

The ideal candidate would be:
  • Educated to PhD level with relevant experience in cancer biology; or Master’s degree with at least 2-3 years of relevant experience in cancer biology.
  • Experience and skills in molecular and cell biology (experience in virology will be an advantage bonus)
  • Experience with processing and analysing genomic and transcriptomics data which includes experience in presenting scientific data both in spoken (conference) or written (publication) form
  • Experience in study design and grant writing
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Marketing Communications Manager

The Marketing Communications Manager will be an ambassador for CRMY and will need to cultivate strong relationship with the media and CRMY’s stakeholders such as donors, partners, volunteers, and research participants.

The Marketing Communications Manager will be responsible for CRMY’s varied and integrated communications products and services including: newsletters and other print publications; Web, E-news and other online communications including social media and digital presence such as Facebook, Instagram, Linked-In and Twitter; and marketing.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance CRMY’s brand identity; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences as well as cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers.
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function which includes to write, produce and develop content for all CRMY print materials such as the annual report, marketing collaterals and electronic communications including CRMY’s website and social media network; manage relationships with associated vendors.
  • Actively engage, cultivate and manage press relationships including to prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as needed to ensure coverage surrounding CRMY’s programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects.
  • Conceptualize, research, promote and execute campaigns and events such as workshops, seminars, talks and exhibitions which include, but not limited to, Reverse Cancer Day, World Cancer Day, World Survivor’s Day, World Cancer Research Day, Pink October, fundraising activities, volunteer and donor appreciation day and so on.
  • Assist the Chief Operating Officer to manage the communications team (events, digital and social media, and outreach) to support the development and execution of the communications strategy, events, outreach programs and sponsorship marketing.

The ideal candidate would be:
  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, marketing or related field is required.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a project-lead role either in-house or with an agency; possess experience in planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications including for new media.
  • Demonstrate skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements.
  • Good writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Donor Engagement

Science Advocacy Executive

This role requires a passionate storyteller who has the key talent to captivate an audience, be it written or oral. This ability hinges on the role to effectively narrate ‘technical’ science to the public at large.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Understand the Science and translate into public content for mass consumption & awareness growth
  • Assist & enable Marcoms to productize CRMY work & results, so donors find it easier to comprehend how their donations provide impact and contribute to CRMY efforts & successes
  • Be the front-liners to deliver talks, tours and speeches (virtually & in-person) for programs developed by Marcoms and CRMY’s Crowd-Funding Committee
  • Drive community interest and awareness to incentivize significant increases in donor acquisitions and donor engagements through advocacy activities
  • Co-develop and co-manage (with Marcoms) a Patient Volunteer Program – for CRMY advocacy and patients-to-public speaking related to patient experiences and journeys

The ideal candidate would be:
  • Science educational background, especially in pharmaceutical, research, medical or cancer aspects would be most crucial
  • Working experience in some research and some science community communication would be preferred to ensure the candidates understand our science work and yet can talk to the public about these topics in a non-technical manner
  • Personal passion for communicating to people would be ideal as this advocacy role requires the candidates to be comfortable with content creation and public presentation delivery (in small and large events, either online or in-person)
  • Experience in developing and managing (with Marcoms) a Patient Volunteer Program would be welcome, for CRMY advocacy and public speaking related to patient experiences and journeys
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.