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Garvan is a world-class scientific institute — we're always looking for ambitious and inspiring people to work with us.

Garvan promotes a diverse workplace and is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. We are always looking for culture ‘add’, not just a culture ‘fit’ and are building diverse teams with great sets of complementary styles and skills to help deliver our important work effectively. Our work culture encourages new thinking and challenges the boundaries in our quest for excellence. 

Welcome to Garvan Institute of Medical Research

At Garvan, we recognise the importance of rewarding our people. We offer a wide range of employee benefits.

1Not-for-profit salary packaging

Wide range of options to incorporate your household expenses, meals and entertainment, extra super, additional leave, car parking or novated leases into your salary package and increase your take-home pay.

2Flexible working

Flexibility is a fundamental part of the way we work. You’ll work with your people leader to determine the best working arrangement for you and your role – this could include hybrid working, flexible hours or reduced working time.

3Unlimited learning

Learning and development are an everyday occurrence at Garvan, whether in the classroom or on-the-job, through observation or association. Garvan hosts regular seminars presented by leaders both internal and external to Garvan.

4Inclusive leave options

Take advantage of our wholly inclusive and flexible leave policies, including 18 weeks of paid parental leave, regardless of primary or secondary carer status.

5Wellbeing programs

Access to resources and support to maintain optimal wellbeing, including our independently provided Employee Assistance Program, AccessEAP.

6Unlock huge $ savings

Access exclusive discounts from over 400 retailers through our Garvan Goodies portal, as well as other discounts through UNSW, precinct partners and local businesses.

Our Garvan values

Be Collaborative

We seek out diversity of thought in pursuit of the best possible outcome – valuing insights from across Garvan and beyond

Be Innovative

We are curious, deep thinkers who challenge established ideas and prevailing assumptions – unafraid to do things differently

Act with Integrity

We do the right thing – acting ethically and respectfully, communicating openly, valuing diversity, and embracing all perspectives

Inspire Excellence

We have the very highest standards – relentlessly pursuing excellence through continuous improvement

Be Brave

We take calculated risks and pursue brave choices – doing the hard things every day, to achieve the extraordinary

Inclusion is in our DNA

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are in our DNA. Our people are unique and we know that diverse, inclusive teams makes us stronger, smarter and more innovative. At Garvan, we are committed to celebrating differences and creating an environment where our people feel that they belong.

We understand that true diversity is underpinned by inclusivity and equity. Our employee-led Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) committee fosters a supportive culture where people can connect and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, and contribute to a sense of belonging and psychological safety across Garvan.

Initiatives include:

• Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) Committee with representation from staff across the Institute

• Celebration of EDIB events at Garvan including International Women’s Day, IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia), NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) and International Day of Persons with Disabilities

• Participation in the Career Revive Program to support women re-entering the workforce

• Representation in the Superstars of STEM Program – a program to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women and non-binary people in STEM


We recognise the importance of supporting our people to balance work with personal commitments and have a Flexible Working Policy which includes best practise arrangements such as remote working, Time Off in Lieu (TOIL), flexible start and finish times, Meeting-Lite Weeks and Meeting-Lite Fridays and a Right to Disconnect Policy.

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