First listed on: 03 January 2023

  • A Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow position exists for an experienced researcher to lead a small team of data analysts responsible for analysing and reporting cancer-related data to inform policy and service delivery in Victoria.
  • Be a part of Australia’s most trusted cancer ‘Not for Profit’ organisation
  • Two-year fixed term position- co-located in the Department of Health offices in Melbourne CBD and the Cancer Council Victoria (currently located in St Kilda Road, Prahran, but we will move to Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, in August 2023)

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 Victorian Cancer Registry is a population-based cancer registry that provides comprehensive, accurate and timely information for cancer control by developing and maintaining a high quality, accessible information asset to support epidemiological, clinical, behavioral and health services research and evaluation.

About your opportunity

Population-wide data from the Victorian Cancer Registry is routinely linked with administrative datasets held at the Department of Health, providing ample opportunity to gain insight in pathways to diagnoses, treatment pathways and (disparities in) outcomes for Victorians diagnosed with cancer.

We are seeking a Senior Research Fellow (Band G) or a Research Fellow (Band F) to join the VCR Division. Reporting to the Head, Data Analytics VCR (CCV) and the Manager, Cancer Planning Integration and Monitoring of the Department of Health (DH), the position has direct line management responsibility for a team of analysts who will assist with all team activities.

The position is responsible for leading the work of the Analysis of Linked Information on Cancer Team (ALIC), which straddles CCV and DH. In collaboration with clinicians, the position leads the team in developing, conducting, and reporting analyses to answer key questions around cancer care. The position also leads maintenance and support of a services dashboard. A major component of this work is preparing data presentations and reports for tumour summits, which are collaborative efforts with clinicians from across Victoria that seek to identify progress in care, patient outcomes, and unwarranted variations. These activities inform DH policy and publications (both reports and peer reviewed).

The position is accountable to CCV and the DH for the development and completion of a team workplan and for reporting on work progress. The incumbent will be expected to take professional responsibility for the reports they produce. The position requires the ability to lead the work under shared governance between the CCV and DH to ensure that goals are met. While they will be formally employed by CCV, the role is shared with the DH, and a large share of the incumbent and the team’s work is conducted using DH facilities as this offers access to the linked data.

About you

We are looking for someone with:

  • Considerable (Band F) or extensive (Band G) experience in research-related roles
  • Considerable (Band F) or extensive (Band G) experience leading and managing staff
  • Proven familiarity with statistical packages - must include R programming language (Band F). Extensive knowledge and experience using R programming in a health-related discipline (Band G)
  • Sound understanding of epidemiological theory and research methods
  • Considerable (Band F) or extensive (Band G) experience in statistical data analysis and the interpretation of results, and data visualisation
  • Ability to develop and contribute to the development of research projects and protocols (Band F). Strong leadership experience in the conduct of complex research projects and the development of policies, protocols and procedures (Band G).
  • Demonstrated understanding of current privacy legislation and ethical considerations that underpin the responsible conduct of epidemiological research, including those related to data linkage activities
  • Demonstrated experience in presenting research findings at meetings and conferences
  • Proven ability to write and present authoritative reports, and publish in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team, whilst reporting under a shared governance structure
  • Effective interpersonal skills including the ability to develop and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with individuals and groups
  • Proven ability to contribute to multiple and more complex research projects and protocols
  • Experience with health-related administrative datasets such as VAED, VEMD, VINAH and/or VRMDS (Band G)

What we can offer you

  • A two-year contract with a base salary within range AUD91,393 to 108,147pa (Band F) or AUD 116,726 to 137,941pa (Band G) plus superannuation and access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,550 of your salary tax-free)
  • A flexible and supportive workplace, with excellent work-life balance and opportunities for career progression and development. Cancer Council Victoria offers the option for hybrid office and home working arrangements
  • The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by cancer

To apply and for more info 

To apply for this opportunity, download a Position Description and upload your application.

The application must include:

(1) a cover letter; and

(2) your curriculum vitae; and

(3) a document with a response outlining how your skills address each of the key- and desired selection criteria outlined in the Position Description

For more information contact Associate Professor Luc te Marvelde on

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 29 January 2023

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.


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