Chair of Psycho-Oncology

Parkville, Melbourne, Australia
$181,308 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
10 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Melbourne and The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)

Building world-class academic leadership in psycho-oncology research

Salary: $181,308 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

An exciting opportunity has emerged to create the first centre for psycho-oncology research and care in Victoria. The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) have established the Chair of Psycho-oncology to build a multidisciplinary psycho-oncology research capacity to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.

The VCCC is a collaborative partnership of leading Victorian organisations in cancer research, healthcare and education (the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health, the University of Melbourne, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, the Royal Women's Hospital, the Royal Children's Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Austin Health and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.). The VCCC is Australia's first cancer treatment and research centre to be based on the highly-successful US CCC model and aims to become one of the top ten cancer centres world-wide.

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) is ranked equal 14th in the world and first in Australia by the QS World University Rankings. MSPS has a reputation for research excellence in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, quantitative psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology and clinical science.

This new leadership position will bring together existing University strengths in psychological sciences, neurosciences and cancer research and build a new trans-disciplinary research enterprise.

The Chair of Psycho-oncology will be located within MSPS and will have the opportunity to work both within the state-of-the art Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) facility in the heart of Melbourne's research and bio-medical precinct and  across all VCCC partner hospitals.

The appointee to the new Chair of Psycho-oncology will be a world class, high-calibre researcher with a commitment to research-driven, evidence-based psycho-oncology care. The Chair will provide outstanding academic leadership to promote multi-disciplinary research, enable knowledge translation and play a key role in training the next generation of psycho-oncology health professionals.

This is an exceptional opportunity to build new translational research capability and produce innovative research that provides evidence-based psychological care for individuals with cancer.

Enquiries to:

Professor Nick Haslam, Head of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne,, or

Professor Jim Bishop, Executive Director,

The Council reserves the right to make no appointment or to fill the Chair by invitation at any stage.

Close date:  13 Nov 2016

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