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Our people are crucial to our success. We are recognised as providing an inclusive, friendly and collaborative workplace all within world class facilities. We respond by recruiting truly outstanding people and providing them with rewarding, enjoyable and meaningful careers. We offer careers in research as well as opportunities in fields such as marketing, finance, human resources, information technology and office support.


Below the current employment opportunities.

Trial participant


Join our growing army of more than 20,000 clinical trial participants. In doing so, you will help our clinical research team turn medical innovations into safe, effective treatments that will change lives. Anyone can apply, including backpackers and international students.


Graphic Designer (Events, Community Fundraising)


The 2022 WA Fundraising Team of the Year is on the hunt for a unicorn. We’re looking for a graphic designer to join our Community Engagement Team. You should be an Adobe Alchemist with the ability to juggle multiple tasks at one time.


In any one day, you may work on a fundraising website, EDM, event guide, car wrap or a pair of socks. Anything we put a logo on, you’ll work on.


Your keen eye, attention to detail and storytelling ability will be a must. We believe that our supporters are central to the future of medical research. They are the Batman to your Robin. Inspire them. Make them laugh, cry and act. And use your arsenal of skills to do so.


Ideally, you’ll have the eye of an artist, the heart of a humanitarian and the speed of an Olympic sprinter.


This role is not for the faint hearted, more tasks will be thrown at you than Grand Master mode on Fruit Ninja. How you prioritise and manage expectations will be key to success.


You will be challenged. Your creativity will be pushed. And that’s just a typical Monday. But it will be uninhibited fun with post-COVID perks like working from home up to two days a week and support from a team who understands how important you are.


And if you have mad photographic and video skills – you can point, shoot and edit – that would be icing on the cake!


What you will get from the experience is a crash course in not for profit communications from a team with a reputation for doing things differently whilst embracing the science of fundraising.  You will also be working to find kinder treatments and better outcomes for the diseases that most affect our families – cancer, diabetes, heart disease and rare genetic diseases.


This exciting position will evolve around the right candidate.  Excellent communication skills and negotiation skills are a must.


If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume via SEEK or contact us via email [email protected] to discuss the role further.  Please note, only applications received via SEEK will be considered.


Applications close by 18 November 2022.


Lead Graphic Designer


At the Perkins, we’re known for doing things differently. As Lead Graphic Designer you will be responsible for developing visual elements for our brand, communication, fundraising and community initiatives.


About you
You’re at the stage in your career where you’re looking to keep your hand in on practical projects that you can make your own, but you’re keen to take on a mentor role for other team members, sharing your creativity and project management experience.


You’ll bring originality to the designs you create and the way you present solutions. You’ll have hands-on experience creating photo and video content, editing and post-production, maintaining the highest creative values.


You’re a magician when it comes to juggling priorities and managing projects to meet firm production deadlines. You’re a strong negotiator and thrive on bringing people along to achieve common goals.


It goes without saying that your natural environment is the Adobe Creative Suite and that you’re at expert level driving your Mac devices. You’re also a bit of whiz at other marketing apps, and might even have some experience building basic websites.


And if you’ve got experience in the not-for-profit sector, that’s going to give you unicorn status among applicants!


What are you getting out of this?

  • Salary packaging
  • Flexible work options
  • State of the art facility
  • Training and career development


How to apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please read the position description and submit your cover letter and resume via SEEK or contact us via email [email protected] to discuss the role further.  Please note, only applications received via SEEK will be considered.


Applications close Friday 2 December, but we’ll be calling suitable candidates as soon as possible, so don’t delay!

Event Specialist


People are at the heart of everything we do at the Perkins. So many of us have been touched by the diseases we’re investigating, which adds a deeply personal element to the work we do. This is felt by all who support us, whether directly involved in the labs, providing professional support services, or keeping our facilities operating. We work hard together, to get results from the bench to the bedside as quickly as possible so that families can spend more time together.


About you

We’re looking for customer centric, organiser who gets their dopamine hit from dealing with people. Events and fundraising is your happy place and the Perkins supporters are your energy. You play a huge role in all Perkin’s events, knowing that the hard work comes with the lead up to it. You thrive in a team environment where increased participation, engagement and fundraising is the prime outcome.


About the role

The Event Specialist will provide dedicated support to participants of the Perkins’ major events including the MACA Cancer 200 ride, the Walk for Women’s Cancer Walk, and others. The support carries exceptional service, efficiency through a number of platforms and channels. The key responsibility of this role is to increase participants’ engagement and fundraising goals, making it a memorable, positive experience so that they return the following year.


The best part

The Events Specialist is responsible for managing the Walk for Women’s Cancer fundraising journeys. You are the friendly face of the Walk. You host weekend training walks in the lead up to the event, attend or support fundraising events prior to the walk and use your strong communication skills to anticipate and respond to participants’ needs and queries. You’ll be based at our swanky offices in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) but your work as part of team Perkins will have a global impact.


What will a typical day look like for you?

  • Provide dedicated fundraising support to ensure registered participants reach and exceed their fundraising targets.
  • Provide other event information and tools, and answer and address phone, digital and online queries.
  • Manage all fundraising and event support calls to registered participants to ensure they have the fundraising tips, tools and strategies to exceed their fundraising targets.
  • Call warm leads/past participants to convert them to registered participants of the event.
  • Answer all inbound calls and address enquiries and issues accordingly.
  • Contribute to the fundraising and marketing strategies for the Perkins major events, specifically with a focus on representing the feedback of the participants.
  • Ensure our database, records and data is accurate enough that we can rely on this for future years and other events.
  • Represent Perkins at all major events and host a series of functions and events leading up to it to ensure engagement.

To be the best at this role, you’ll bring:

  • The confidence to deal with new tasks and new people on several communication platforms
  • Your exceptional communication skills so that you can deal with all types of personalities and backgrounds
  • Your meticulous planning and organised rhythm to the role so that things get done on time, as planned and with positive outcomes
  • Your customer service skills where dealing with people is your thing
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a range of priorities and focus with attention to detail.

If you really want to stand out, tell us more about your:

  • Your experience in customer service, or not for profit/charity organisation
  • Familiarity with CRM systems and practices – specifically Salesforce

So, you’re keen to join Team Perkins. What next?

Be quick! In this climate, we need to start interviewing as soon as possible – even before the closing date.


How to apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please read the position description and submit your cover letter and resume via SEEK or contact us via email [email protected] to discuss the role further.  Please note, only applications received via SEEK will be considered.


Applications close Friday 2 December, but we’ll be calling suitable candidates as soon as possible, so don’t delay!

Support structures

We place a strong emphasis on supporting and nurturing our employees. To help do this, we have established a number of support structures. Some of the ways we will support you in your career include:

Travel grants
The Perkins provides travel grants for staff to attend relevant national or international conferences.

Weekly seminars
Innovation in research can be realised by sharing ideas and broadening our exposure to advances in similar disciplines. The Perkins Seminar Series provides an opportunity for all employees to engage with a range of researchers, clinicians and other practitioners on medical research issues. Speakers range from students to world-renowned experts in their field. Seminars are held weekly.

Education assistance
We recognise the value of continual learning and encourage employees to pursue qualifications that will increase their job-related skills and knowledge. Assistance provided includes both financial assistance and assistance with working arrangements to balance the demands of work and education.

Employee assistance program
To ensure that support is available for employees with difficulties, our employees have access to an external counselling service. We provide an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or counselling service to provide assistance and information to all employees and their families on a voluntary and confidential basis.

Employee input
We value the input that we receive from employees. The input provided by employees is not only used to improve the working environment but also, where relevant, it is used to further develop and improve our operations. We encourage and facilitate employee feedback by providing options for employees to provide input in various ways. These include regular staff meetings, professional development reviews, online feedback and an open door policy.

Work life balance
We encourage an effective balance between work and outside-work commitments. Outside-work commitments may include family and carer responsibilities, further education, and involvement in various community organisations and activities. To help achieve and maintain an effective balance, we provide a range of flexible working arrangements, leave entitlements and other forms of assistance aimed at meeting the needs of employees with outside-work commitments.

Wes Allen

Research Associate

Wes joined the Perkins in 2015 as part of the BRITElab team, developing devices to assist surgeons during tumour removal surgery. In 2013, equipped with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, Wes moved from Ireland to Western Australia. In January 2015 Wes started a PhD in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at The University of Western Australia. During his time at the Perkins, Wes has had the opportunity to share his research outcomes broadly, both locally and internationally and credits the collaborative network he has formed during this time with helping his progress his important research.





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