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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.


Donor Development Manager

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is seeking a dynamic and experienced Donor Development Manager to join our Fundraising team and lead our individual giving efforts. You will oversee digital and direct mail appeals, regular giving and acquisition and retention.


As Donor Development Manager, you will play a pivotal role in driving our fundraising initiatives and securing vital support from individual donors.


We are also deeply committed to giving you and those you love the opportunity to live longer, healthier and better lives by helping WA’s best medical researchers beat the world’s toughest diseases.


You will join the 2023 FIA National Fundraising Team of the Year. We have a reputation for doing things differently. We love taking risks and trying new approaches – and we pride ourselves on our deep connection with our supporters – we know how they like their tea!


You will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on our organisation’s mission and work towards better health outcomes in our community.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive individual giving strategy to maximise donor acquisition, retention, and engagement.
  • Cultivate relationships with existing and potential individual donors, effectively communicating our mission and impact to inspire their support.
  • Create impactful and compelling fundraising campaigns and appeals, utilising various channels to reach and engage a wide audience.
  • Manage and grow our regular giving program, implementing effective stewardship and recognition strategies for recurring donors.
  • Utilise data analysis and segmentation techniques to identify and target donors to increase response and engagement.
  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders to ensure alignment and integration of individual giving efforts with overall fundraising goals.
  • Oversee and provide support to a small team of talented individuals. Share your knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for fundraising with your direct reports.
  • Have a sound knowledge and respect of ethical and legal obligations in the fundraising sector.
  • Showcase a strong appreciation and respect for supporters. Continually seek opportunities to express gratitude and showcase the incredible difference their donations make.


  • Proven track record in individual giving fundraising, with a focus on donor acquisition and retention.
  • Strong relationship-building skills, with the ability to connect with individuals and inspire them to support our cause.
  • Strategic thinking ability to develop and implement innovative fundraising strategies.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and donor segmentation techniques to inform donor targeting and personalised engagement.
  • A solid understanding of fundraising best practices, ethical standards, and compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Preferred experience of two or more years managing a team.

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

If you are a results-oriented individual with a passion for fundraising and the drive to succeed, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Please include a cover letter outlining your relevant skills, experience and passion for this role.


Join our passionate and dedicated team and help us make a difference in the lives of those we support.


Need to know more? 

If you want to find out more about this exciting role, please reach out to Lauren McDermott.


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


Hit Apply Now to get started.


General Manager - IT Strategy and Security

  • Make a real difference in this newly created role.
  • Ability to influence and have an impact across Perkins and within the medical research community.

This is new senior role based at Perkins North on the QEII Medical Campus in Nedlands. The General Manager IT Strategy and Safety will effectively manage the organisation’s technology and security needs. This will include overseeing the IT governance and service model and the key partnership with The University of Western Australia.


About you

Are you a dynamic and experienced IT professional with a passion for safety and security? Do you thrive in high-stakes environments where your expertise can make a significant impact? Look no further! An exciting opportunity awaits you at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Perth.


Why Choose Us?

  • Cutting-Edge Innovation: Join a team at the forefront of medical research where breakthroughs are made every day. Contribute to advancements that could change lives and shape the future of healthcare.
  • Collaborative Excellence: Work alongside brilliant minds – from researchers to clinicians – and foster an environment where your IT safety and security prowess directly supports critical medical discoveries.
  • Impactful Role: Your role as GM IT Strategy and Security will be pivotal in ensuring the protection of sensitive data, maintaining the integrity of our systems, and upholding the highest standards of safety in a research-driven environment.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: The Perkins boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities designed to support ground-breaking research. You’ll have access to cutting-edge resources that empower you to excel in your role.

What You’ll Do:

  • Strategic Leadership: Lead the IT safety and security strategy, collaborating with cross-functional teams to ensure the implementation of robust measures.
  • Risk Mitigation: Identify potential vulnerabilities and proactively implement solutions to safeguard our sensitive research data and systems.
  • Compliance Assurance: Ensure that our Institute remains compliant with industry standards and regulations related to IT safety and security.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Develop and oversee contingency plans to maintain business continuity in the face of potential security threats.
  • Talent Development: Build and lead a team of skilled IT professionals, fostering growth and excellence within the department.
  • Research Technology Support: Collaborate with researchers to understand their technology requirements and provide support for research-specific tools, applications, and data management systems. This will be done in conjunction with the UWA IT team.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Expertise: A proven track record in IT safety and security management, ideally within research or healthcare settings.
  • Strategic Vision: The ability to envision and execute comprehensive IT safety and security strategies aligned with the unique needs of our Institute.
  • Leadership: Strong leadership skills with the capability to inspire and guide a team towards achieving common goals.
  • Innovation: A proactive mindset to stay ahead of emerging security threats and trends in the IT landscape.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills to effectively liaise between technical and non-technical stakeholders


  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Opportunity for professional growth and advancement.
  • Work in a stimulating environment that values collaboration and innovation.
  • Contribute to life-changing medical breakthroughs.
  • Embrace work-life balance in the vibrant city of Perth.

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

More information about this exciting new role is available in this position description.


Chief Financial Officer, Tony Spezzacatena will be happy to tell you more about the role. Contact Executive Assistant Roisin Carmody or call her on (08) 6151 0803 or 0408 600 471 to arrange a suitable time.


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


Hit Apply Now to get started.


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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