Children's Cancer Foundation and My Room Chair in Childhood Cancer

Melbourne, Australia
05 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time, Fixed-term for 5 years (renewable)
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Paediatrics
Salary: Level D or Level E - Attractive salary package negotiable 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.


The Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room Chair in Childhood Cancer is a new academic leadership position made possible by generous funding from the Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room in collaboration with key institutional members of the VCCC Alliance including the University of Melbourne, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. We are seeking a leading clinician-scientist or a translational paediatric cancer specialist for this role to drive research, teaching/training and clinical care delivery in personalised, “precision” medicine in paediatric cancer, including immunotherapy.

The position will report to the Head of the Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne Medical School, and will be expected to make innovative and distinctive contributions in the areas of academic leadership, research, teaching and learning. Highest quality research and clinical facilities and support will be provided to ensure that the appointee delivers on the expectation to drive and participate in collaborative activities across the Parkville precinct and beyond. The Melbourne Children’s Campus is a fully integrated academic health centre bringing together the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics in a single, purpose-built and multi-award-winning campus in the city of Melbourne.

The faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Faculty is deeply committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment that welcomes and values all people. We firmly believe that diversity, including in senior leadership, is essential to our Faculty’s continued success.

About you

You will possess;

  • A research doctorate
  • A distinguished career of international standing in the field of paediatric oncology
  • Experience in strategic leadership in the development of a clinical research program or similar
  • Capability to foster academic achievement and clinical innovation in others
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with key stakeholders and identify and exploit new opportunities in education, research and the provision of services
  • A superior publication record and solid success in obtaining in obtaining external peer-reviewed research grants
  • Ability to provide advocacy for children and adolescent health and wellbeing

About Us

Melbourne Children’s Campus

Melbourne Children’s is a fully integrated academic paediatric teaching hospital and research institute which is unique in Australia and acclaimed internationally. Bringing together four outstanding organisations, The Royal Children’s Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital, the Melbourne Children’s is a single, purpose-built and multi-award winning campus in the city of Melbourne.

The Royal Children’s Hospital

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Department of Paediatrics

Children’s Cancer Foundation

The Children’s Cancer Foundation funds world-class research and clinical care and supports families through treatment. Founded by parents of diagnosed children in 1992, the Children’s Cancer Foundation collaborates with hospitals, research institutes and universities who share an aligned vision and purpose to advance research, clinical care and family-support for childhood cancer.

 My Room Children’s Cancer Charity

My Room Children’s Cancer Charity is a volunteer-led organisation, working together to support patients and families affected by cancer, without the bureaucracy. The charity relies on the generosity of its donors to fund support for families, medical equipment, clinical care, research and trials.

VCCC Alliance

The VCCC Alliance is a powerful partnership of 10 leading research, academic and clinical institutions working together to expedite and amplify leading-edge cancer research, knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.

Employee Benefits

We offer generous employee benefits to help maximise your work life. These include flexible and family-friendly working conditions, salary packaging, internal School and Faculty grant schemes, including a dedicated scheme for women and generous leave provisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a culturally rich and values-based environment.

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How to apply

Your submitted application should include a cover letter and your CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Applications close: 31 Jan 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: Brochure.pdf