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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.


Concierge - Perkins North


About you

We’re looking for an energetic person with a friendly smile and a positive approach to everything they do. A customer facing role is right up your alley and meeting new people, providing solutions gives you energy.


About this role

The role of Concierge at our top-notch Medical Research facility is the glue that holds everything together. It is the face and brand of the organisation and the first and last person you liaise with when at the Perkins. They are the connector, problem solver, innovator and pro-active role model for getting things done. They will be responsible for building access, front desk communications and related administration. As an important member of the Facilities team, you will be based at Perkins North on the QEII Medical Campus in Nedlands, and complete varied shift patterns to ensure adequate cover. Shift start times may vary between 7am and 10pm, 5 days a week.


The main functions of the role include:

  • Facilities Management access, security procedures, visitor procedures, OHS and all front desk administration
  • Manage building inductions and ensure all visitors and staff are safe and risk free when entering and exiting the building
  • Provide all visitors and staff with a warm and professional service and approach all tasks and engagements with an inclusive and helpful manner.
  • Complete all daily activity reports, incident reports, stock take etc and ensure all database and systems related to facilities and access are up to date.
  • Manage all front desk responsibilities and problems, resolving any issues and providing information and support to tenants and other team members when required
  • When required, operate all safety equipment, including but not limited to fire alarms, firefighting, and first aid equipment.
  • Promote a culture of respect for security and safety procedures throughout your assigned area of responsibility and be an advocate for OHS by reporting all safety hazards.

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

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact professionally and effectively with all levels across diverse groups, including academics, professional staff, students, visitors, and tradespeople
  • High level of proficiency in verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly developed organisational and planning skills and the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team and autonomously
  • Flexible approach to duties along with the ability to work under pressure
  • High levels of attention to detail
  • Proficient in a range of computing skills including the Microsoft Office suite
  • Prior experience as a Concierge or Front Desk representative or relevant position

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

  • Prior knowledge or experience in fire, first aid and other safety procedures or processes

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

If you would like to find out more, please contact our HR department.


If you’re ready to apply, make sure to include:

  • An up-to-date resumé outlining relevant experience and successes
  • A letter (no more than 2 pages) telling us how you align with the role and how you’d be a great fit for Team Perkins
  • At least two references who can vouch for your professional claims

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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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