Research Fellow in Cancer Genomics and Health Services Research

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super
23 May 2023
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time;  Fixed-term for 3 years
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of General Practice and Primary Care
Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Level C - $140,433 - $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join a prestigious research team at the University of Melbourne, collaborating with industry partners on groundbreaking studies in cancer genomics and population health.
    Contribute to the development of tailored cancer screening and prevention approaches using polygenic risk scores, shaping the future of personalized medicine in primary care.
  • $114,645 - $161,926, plus 17% super, and benefits! 

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in health services research and epidemiology to join the Department of General Practice and Primary Care's Cancer in Primary Care Research Group at the University of Melbourne. As part of a collaboration with the MyBRISK Centre of Research Excellence and Genomics Technologies Limited, you will contribute to clinical implementation studies focusing on the use of polygenic risk scores for tailored cancer screening and prevention. This role offers a unique chance to develop an academic career in primary care, cancer genomics, and population health, working alongside a team of experienced researchers and collaborating with industry partners. You will be based at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building and will have the opportunity to engage with various stakeholders and contribute to cutting-edge research in the field.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • With broad direction from Professor Jon Emery and Professor John Hopper, provide expertise and leadership to implementation studies of multi-cancer polygenic risk scores in primary care.
  • Produce high quality research outputs with a focus on clinical utility of genomic-based risk assessment in general practice
  • Develop a multi-cancer risk-assessment approach to general population risk stratification for breast, colorectal, prostate and melanoma screening, liaising with our industry partner to establish routes to commercial implementation in clinical care.
  • Provide regular progress reports to the supervising investigators and the broader range of stakeholders involved in the research.

Who We Are Looking For

You are a highly collaborative and organized individual with a demonstrated ability to work effectively within a research team, meet deadlines, and manage your time efficiently. You also possess strong leadership skills, enabling you to work independently and lead small research teams. Additionally, your excellent verbal and written communication skills make you adept at engaging in research collaboration and effectively conveying your findings.

You will also have:

  • PhD in relevant discipline (e.g., medical, psychology, genetic counselling, nursing) or public health, with research and epidemiological knowledge/experience in a relevant field.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research experience including conducting studies in clinical settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate research through presentations in a public forum including conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop grant applications. (Level C) 

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – “Department of General Practice and Primary Care “

The Department of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Melbourne is a leading organization in primary care research, training, and knowledge exchange. With a focus on community-based medical education, postgraduate training, and research, we offer unique opportunities for candidates to make a difference. Our extensive network of practitioners and research units enable us to drive innovation in primary care through initiatives such as the academic registrar program and the Data for Decisions program. We are committed to understanding the patient and practitioner experience, utilizing clinical data analytics, and implementing digital technologies to improve primary care outcomes. Join us in transforming primary care practices and making a positive impact on healthcare.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We recognise that reconciliation is central to our purpose. For more information, please visit our Reconciliation page.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

Applications close: 21 June 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description:  0059561_Research Fellow_Level B and C_PD.pdf

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