Research Fellow (CED.50L)

Thursday 22 July, 2021


  • Contribute to a world-leading cancer research centre
  • Develop strong collaborative partnerships with researchers within Australia and internationally
  • Full time, fixed term position until 31 December 2022 – 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. The Cancer Epidemiology Division (CED) conducts a broad range of research aimed at expanding our understanding of the factors that contribute to or protect against the development of cancer, or survival following a cancer diagnosis. It comprises a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, statisticians, dieticians, data managers and support staff, committed to understanding how to improve our health.

Research project overview
A postdoctoral Research Fellow is sought to contribute to four programmes of research that aim to: (i) identify whether cancer risk factors differ for those with a family history of cancer,  (ii) determine the best performing cancer risk models, (iii) develop and validate a risk model to estimate the risk of a second breast cancer event, and (iv) to incorporate risk associated heritable methylation marks into an existing prostate cancer risk model. Specific projects include: undertaking systematic reviews; pooling, harmonising and calibrating data from various sources to be input into various risk models; statistical analyses involving model development and validation; and gene-environment interaction analyses utilising data from international consortia.

About your opportunity

We are seeking a Research Fellow to join the Cancer Epidemiology Division. Reporting to the Principal Research Fellow, your role is to:

  • Conduct statistical analyses of existing epidemiological data to address specific research questions
  • Write manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Conceive, formulate and design epidemiological research projects related to family history and cancer
  • Prepare submissions and grant applications for funding by external bodies
  • Supervise students and research support staff as required

All about you

We are looking for someone with:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline and a sound understanding of epidemiological theory and research methods
  • Demonstrated ability to write refereed journal publications and present research findings at meetings and conferences
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders

What we can offer you

This full-time fixed term position to 31 December 2022 provides a salary within range $86,449 -$102,297 pa 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.

To apply and for more info

To apply for this opportunity download a Position Description and forward your Resume and Cover Letter to Ensure that your cover letter addresses the Key Selection Criteria detailed within the Position Description.  For more information contact Robert MacInnis on (03) 9514 6248.

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, a National Police Check.

Applications close Sunday 8 August 2021

Cancer Council Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Cancer Council Victoria is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, all applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Cancer Council Victoria has a strong commitment to the safety, wellbeing and protection of children and youth. We therefore have robust screening procedures for people who are expected to have contact with children in their roles. This will include criminal record check, Working with Children Check and referee checks.