Research Assistant in Exercise Oncology

Melbourne, Australia
$97,738 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super
27 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job no: 0047991
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time (0.4 FTE); Fixed-term for 8 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Physiotherapy, Melbourne School of Health Sciences
Salary: Level A.5 – $97,738 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super

  • Join a leading exercise oncology team, contributing to a funded randomised controlled trial.
  • Work with passionate professionals in a diverse, supportive environment.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals with a background in physiotherapy to join our dynamic team at the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne. As a Research Assistant, you will have the chance to work alongside passionate health professionals in the field of exercise oncology, contributing to a funded randomised controlled trial of rehabilitation in haematological cancer. This role offers a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on patient care and research outcomes, with responsibilities ranging from patient recruitment to telehealth exercise delivery.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing oversight of the research and attendance at regular (weekly) trial meetings.
  • Assist with research participant screening, consent and follow up processes, particularly at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
  • Assist with providing exercise classes using telehealth and baseline outcome assessments at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
  • Communicating with participants, including scheduling participant appointments.

Who We Are Looking For

You are a proactive problem solver with excellent judgment, driven by the opportunity to take initiative. Your strong organisational skills, time management, and ability to thrive under pressure make you the ideal candidate to effectively manage and complete detailed projects.

You will also have:

  • Degree in Physiotherapy and registration with AHPRA with demonstrated experience since graduation.
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders from clinical, administrative, and research environments, and the ability to interact well with a diverse range of research participants.
  • Excellent computer skills particularly with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong commitment to the highest standards of scientific and ethical integrity and the ability to strictly adhere to study protocols.

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

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

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

Your New Team – Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS) provides qualifying and postgraduate courses in the disciplines of Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Audiology and Speech Pathology, and Optometry and Vision Sciences. As a candidate, joining our team means being part of a dynamic and impactful community dedicated to advancing healthcare education and practice. You will have the opportunity to shape the learning experiences of our students and make a positive impact on their future careers.

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

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

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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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara Amini via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 12 October 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description:  0047991_Research Assistant_PD.pdf