Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research

Melbourne, Australia
$100,480 - $118,659 pro rata plus 17% superannuation 
01 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part-Time: 50% or 2.5 days a week
  • Fixed Term: 3 Years
  • Campus independent - Can be based at La Trobe University’s Melbourne (Bundoora) or Victorian regional campuses
  • $100,480 - $118,659 pro rata plus 17% superannuation 

About the position

To better support people with rare cancer living in rural areas, we need to develop interventions that address their unmet needs. Research has shown that peer support programs have positive impacts of quality of life, self-efficacy, and psychological outcomes in people with cancer. A peer-support program would also address the (social) isolation rural patients experience. Currently, there is no supportive care intervention for rural patients with a rare cancer. Therefore, this project aims to develop and pilot a supportive care intervention for patients with rare cancer living in rural and remote communities.

The aim of the current project is to develop and test a supportive care intervention for people with rare cancer living in rural communities. We will achieve this in four stages:

  1. Co-design of the intervention
  2. Intervention development and testing
  3. Intervention pilot
  4. Evaluation of feasibility and acceptability

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have;

  • Completion of a PhD in psychology, public health, health sciences, social sciences or related relevant field, or equivalent qualifications or research experience.
  • Evidence of experience in effective coordination and management of research projects, including literatures reviews, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and preparation of manuscripts for publication and reports.
  • A record of contribution to publications, conference papers and/or reports, or professional or technical contributions which provide evidence of research potential, commensurate with career stage. 
  • Strong motivation for or experience in research into psychosocial oncology
  • Experience in qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups) and quantitative data collection methods (e.g., surveys).
  • Experience in using qualitative and quantitative data analysis software (e.g., Nvivo, SPSS).

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

Welcome to Bundoora campus – Please click on the video link below:


  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

How to apply

Closing date: By 11:55pm Sunday 19th March 2023

Position Enquiries: Evelien Spelten via email

Recruitment Enquiries:

Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

The University’s Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures, requires staff engaged to perform work onsite at La Trobe University to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they are exempt from being vaccinated due to a recognised medical contraindication.  This position will require the incumbent to work onsite.  As such, an offer of employment will be conditional upon the applicant being Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, and providing satisfactory evidence of their vaccination or exemption status to the University.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume; and
  • A separate document addressing each essential and desirable bullet point in the Key Selection Criteria which is located in the position description.

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Why La Trobe: 

  • Develop your career at an innovative, global university where you’ll collaborate with community and industry to create impact. 
  • Enjoy working on our inspiring and stunning campuses – the perfect hub for industry, students and academics 
  • Help transform the lives of students, partners and communities now and in future 

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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