Research Assistant

Friday 8 November, 2019
  • Join the team of researchers at Cancer Council’s renowned Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer
  • Assist in conducting and reporting on a range of cancer prevention research and evaluation studies
  • Two positions, each full-time fixed term for 1 year – St Kilda Road, Melbourne

About your environment

Since our establishment in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people. Within the Behavioural Science Division, the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC) conducts high quality applied behavioural research and evaluation to inform and influence cancer control policies, programs and services. Led by Professor Melanie Wakefield, the Centre has an international reputation as a key provider of cancer prevention evidence, with active programs of research underway in tobacco control, skin cancer prevention, obesity prevention, alcohol harm reduction and cancer screening.

About your opportunity

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC) team to assist with development, implementation and reporting on selected cancer prevention research studies. Reporting to the Senior Research Officer, your role is to:

  • Draft protocols, design questionnaires and prepare ethics applications.
  • Conduct data processing and statistical analysis of research data under direction.
  • Conduct literature reviews and prepare summaries of literature.
  • Assist in writing up results of research projects for reports and/or for publication in peer review journals.


Develop your research expertise as a member of our respected centre, applying your skills across a variety of significant studies.

All about you

We are looking for someone with:

  • A four-year degree in psychology, health promotion, public health or related discipline.

  • Demonstrated experience in a research role providing fieldwork support, data management and/or data analysis support.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills, time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines.

  • Good working knowledge of SPSS or other statistical packages and the ability to conduct data analysis under supervision.

What we can offer you

These full-time fixed term positions for one year provide a salary between $58,000 - $67,000 pa commensurate with experience, plus superannuation, annual leave loading and the benefits of not-for-profit salary packaging and a meal entertainment card. We also offer a flexible and friendly work environment, social and wellbeing activities and a location close to public transport.

  • A base salary within range $58,000 - $67,000 pa plus superannuation and access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,550 of your salary tax-free)
  • The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by cancer
  • A flexible and supportive workplace, with excellent work-life balance and opportunities for career progression and development
  • To apply and for more info

    Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples are encouraged to apply.

    Culturally and linguistically diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

    To apply for this opportunity download a Position Description and the Key Selection Criteria and forward your full application (cover letter, resume and completed Key Selection Criteria) to

  • For more information contact ‘The Senior Research Officer’, at

    Cancer Council will only make contact with applicants that are shortlisted for interview. We are also unable to respond to recruitment agency enquiries.

    All offers of employment will be made subject to satisfactory completion of employment checks including evidence of right to work in Australia, and a National Police Check.

    Applications close Sunday 24 November 2019