Cancer Council SA, Flinders Foundation Senior Research Fellow in Cancer Wellness

Adelaide, Australia
$101,724 to $142,764 (p.a.)
30 May 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) – Cancer

A cancer-free future is a bold vision, but we truly believe it’s possible if we work together.

We’ve all known and loved people with cancer. We’ve seen them go through treatments—treatments we want to make better. We’ve dealt with loss—loss we dearly want to avoid. We’ve seen the challenges of readjusting to life after cancer—challenges we want to make easier.

At Flinders, we’re looking to create more effective treatments, achieve earlier detection and intervention, and prevent cancer from developing in the first place. We also want to help people who have had cancer to get back on their feet physically, mentally, and financially.

FHMRI Cancer brings together research labs, clinical trials, and treatment in one flagship facility. We forge connections between more than 150 cancer-focused researchers and clinicians, as well as our patients. We have a shared focus on innovation—on finding new and creative solutions that can make an impact on people’s lives. We do it by working collaboratively, drawing on the diverse expertise and experiences of our people.

About the Role

This Fellowship is generously sponsored by Cancer Council SA and Flinders Foundation.

Flinders Foundation, Flinders University, and Cancer Council SA are collaborating on an exciting and innovative Fellowship to make a real impact on the lives of cancer survivors by enhancing wellbeing, reducing symptom burden, and improving health outcomes. Working at the ground-breaking Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, the Research Fellow will engage with collaborators enabling real research translation for patients and the community. 

Day-to-day tasks will include coordinating and executing research and project tasks, reviewing literature, producing relevant data, attending seminars and conferences, and reviewing and editing grant applications. The Research Fellow will also be required to supervise honours and post graduate research projects. Establishing and maintaining collaborations for the research is an important aspect to the role, particularly with relevant stakeholders internal and external to the research partners of the Cancer Council SA, Flinders Foundation and Flinders University. Upholding the vision of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for a dedicated researcher to improve the quality of life and decrease distress of cancer survivors. 

About You

The ideal candidate for this Fellowship will be someone who can truly embed themselves in the role to achieve positive outcomes. We are seeking someone who can highlight their quality publications, success in gaining competitive grants and excellent relationships with staff and industry. Furthermore, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Completion of a PhD in Behavioural science, Allied Health, Medical Science, or other relevant discipline.
  • For Level C positions you will have evidence of a strong research track record (for career stage) in an area aligned with survivorship, supportive care, and wellbeing research, including evidence of sustained high-quality publications with first authorship and success with competitive grants.
  • An ability to apply behavioural theory and/or scientific acumen relevant to cancer support.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, particularly in giving presentations, preparing reports, and providing strategic advice to industry partners.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills capable of translating research findings to a range of audiences and in collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A history of managing multiple projects, executing data analysis, and delivering to deadlines.

Level B or Level C classification will be determined based on the experience of the candidate. We encourage all interested applicants to get in contact to discuss the position.

Life at Flinders

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff.

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

How to Apply and Information

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.


COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate - Australia, National Police Certificate - Australian Federal Police

Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

28 June 2023

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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