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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.


About the Perkins

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, affectionately known as ‘the Perkins’, is Western Australia’s leading medical research facility focussed on finding kinder treatments and better health outcomes for people living with cancer, heart disease, diabetes or rare genetic disorders. We are proudly Western Australian, and we value our collaborative, scientific approach to the discovery of medical breakthroughs.

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.

Current employment opportunities are listed below.

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.


Corporate Engagement Partner


The 2023 Fundraising Institute of Australia’s National Fundraising Team of the Year is looking for a standout Corporate Engagement Partner. Reporting into the Corporate Partnerships Manager, you will work alongside the Perkins’ existing and future corporate partners to support their charitable giving and help to promote, grow and fulfil their social responsibility goals and support their social license to operate. You will do this by aligning their goals with those of the Perkins. A strong understanding of how we can meet the needs of our stakeholders is imperative.


You might be looking to jump ship from the corporate world and do something in service. Or you might be in the not-for-profit space and craving your next big adventure.


Either way, you will be working on behalf of cause-driven corporates alongside an incredibly passionate team of expert fundraisers and brilliant researchers committed to helping to find kinder treatments and better outcomes for the diseases that most affect our families.


The Role

We’re looking for a natural relationship maker – someone who can anticipate the needs of our partners before they even think to ask for them… someone who is agile in their approach, flexible in their strategy and curious about connections to causea collaborator keen to deliver value and projects that support the social responsibility needs of our corporate and philanthropic partners.


Your skill set should include experience in prospecting, research, proposal writing and pitching and presenting to small and large groups. But most importantly, you must be able to share your passion for the cause with those you believe are a good fit to become Perkins Partners.


We have an existing group of loyal corporate partners, but we are keen to expand the Perkins corporate family. It will be up to you to identify projects which demonstrate impact and align with our partners’ core values, strategic imperatives and vision for the community. Your main task will be to oversee the growth of the newly established Perkins Partners program.


Your tasks will include the following and so much more:

  • Supporting current corporate partners
  • Identifying new prospects
  • Recruiting new Perkins Partners and stewarding them throughout the year
  • Researching needs of partners and how we might meet them.
  • Developing proposals
  • Presenting/Pitching the opportunities
  • Ongoing stewardship
  • Evaluation and reporting
  • Assisting the Corporate Partnerships Manager as required
  • Working within the wider team


  • Salary packaging
  • Flexible work options- Part time work requests may be considered
  • State of the art facility
  • Training and career development

How to Apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please submit your cover letter and resume via SEEK. Please note, only applications received via SEEK will be considered.


Applications close Monday 5 February 2024, but be quick – in the current climate, we will begin interviewing suitable candidates as soon as possible.


Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is Western Australia’s premier medical research institute dedicated to finding answer to the diseases that most affect your family – cancer, diabetes, heart disease and rare genetic diseases.


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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