Executive Director, Cancer Research

Melbourne, Australia
03 May 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A World Leader in Cancer Research

  • Strategically lead the research program at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, a world-renowned centre for comprehensive cancer research and multi-modality clinical care
  • Lead a fully integrated research team spanning laboratory , translational and clinical research and an extensive clinical trials program, all centred on advancing cancer care nationally and internationally
  • With research revenue approaching AUD100M p/a (USD80M) and approx 650 research staff and post-graduate students, comfortably Australia’s largest cancer research Institute
  • Located in the heart of Australia’s premier biomecial research precinct, and in Melbourne, long recognised as one of the world’s safest and ‘Most Liveable’cities

Established in 1949 as one of the earliest cancer centres, Peter Mac is one of only a handful of cancer centres in the world that fully integrates bedside care with a comprehensive laboratory and clinical research program.

Peter Mac has contributed many significant advances in cancer research and care over its history, and recently underwent a major expansion of its research, educational and clinical programs, with its research workforce doubling over the past four years.

The scope of research at Peter Macis broad, spanning fundamental research on model organisms such as Drosophila, through drug development programs, psycho-social and survivorship research and both first in human and late phase clinical trials.

Housed in a state of the art healthcare and research facility among its nine collaborating partners in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), Peter Mac is now poised to lead the way in developing optimal treatment pathways and contributions to potential cures for cancer.

The Position

The Executive Director Cancer Research leads the setting of successive five year research strategic plans and holds oversight across Peter Mac’s entire research portfolio. The EDCR may also lead a substantial laboratory research team of their own, to integrate into, or complement existing programs.

A key aspect of the role is to coordinate and ensure total integration of Peter Mac’s research across every discipline, centred on optimised outcomes for cancer patients.

The position liaises with a wide range of stakeholders including state and federal government departments, national and international funding agencies,representative bodies in research, health care and education, the pharmaceutical industry, the tertiary education sector (particularly The University of Melbourne) and international partner organisations.The EDCR will also be appointed as Head of the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology at the  University of Melbourne.

The Person

We are seeking an outstanding and experienced leader with international recognition of their research and a sustained record of attracting research funding. Both doctoral (PhD) and medically-qualified applicants are welcome, but a deep understanding of the entire scope of cancer research fields (including fundamental research) and cancer clinical care are mandatory.

A record of outstanding leadership of a substantial program of multi-disciplinary cancer research, the effective mentoring of researchers and students at all academic levels and the ability to identify, attract and retain outstanding researchers and post-graduate students are all essential.

The successful candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and networking skills, the ability to build lasting relationships with a range of stake holders, and to engender trust and collaboration through Peter Mac and with its partners.

Odgers Berndtson executive search is managing the process on behalf of the Selection Committee. All enquiries will be treated with strict confidence.

For a confidential discussion and a copy of the Candidate Information Book, please contact Ms Caroline Dever on + 61 (0) 429 939 399 or Dr Dennis Feeney +61 2 8905 3722 or via email PeterMac@odgersberndtson.com

Applications close on Monday 4 June 2018

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