Research Fellow in Cancer Services and Data Science

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super
04 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time/ Fixed-term until June 2024
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences 
Department/School: Department of General Practice
Salary: Level B – $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Department of General Practice

The Department of General Practice originated as a unit within the Department of Community Medicine in 1977. It was established as a separate department within the School of Medicine in 2001 and established the Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU) as a centre of excellence in primary care research, research training and knowledge exchange in 2006.

About the Role

The successful candidate is expected to utilise multiple data sources presenting real-world evidence on the incidence and diagnostic/treatment patterns for cancer patients. As a member of the Data Driven Research Hub team, you will support the data-hub manager with the identification and linkage of relevant datasets required for the Cancer in Primary Care and Health Services Research programs and work with health economists and higher degree students to support research on value-based diagnostic testing

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing expertise and leadership to the VCCC research data program and develop the required analytic capabilities to perform and advise on cancer health services research on linked datasets.
  • Working closely with the manager of the data-hub and the staff of BioGrid Australia to support the development of the VCCC Data Hub and promote its use for health services research across the VCCC.
  • Working with the data-hub manager, VCCC hospital health information managers and researchers to understand the assumptions inherent in data collection, including primary care data, so that unstandardised datasets can be effectively utilised for research.

About You

You are a confident communicator with an ability to work collaboratively within a research team to achieve project goals and meet deadlines. You are highly organised with excellent time management skills to work on multiple tasks independently and with flexibility to respond to changing priorities.

You will also have:

  • A Masters or PhD in relevant scientific discipline such as data sciences, biomedical statistics, computer sciences or others, with a demonstrated interest in health services research or systems improvement
  • A track record of working collaboratively in a research team to achieve project goals and manage time effectively to meet deadlines
  • Evidence of your ability to work independently in data cleaning, linkage, descriptive and inferential statistics and apply research methodologies and quantitative data analyses.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Position description: 0052338 - Research Fellow_Cancer Services Data Science .pdf

Applications close: 25th August 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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