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Applications Sought: VCCC Research & Education Lead for Melanoma and Skin Cancers

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a not-for-profit organisation working to accelerate improvements in cancer outcomes by integrating cancer research and education/training into clinical care across all VCCC partner organisations.

In 2015/16, the VCCC conducted a pilot Research & Education Leads program for two tumour streams (Melanoma and Haematology) and one cross-cutting theme (Primary Care). Based on the success of the pilot, three further VCCC Research & Education Leads in Lung cancer, Gastro-intestinal Cancers and Cancer Nursing have been introduced.

Professor Grant McArthur was the inaugural VCCC Research & Education Lead for Melanoma and Skin Cancers however, due to his recent appointment as VCCC Executive Director, he will be stepping down from this role. We are therefore looking to appoint a new Research & Education Lead in Melanoma and Skin Cancers to guide the program into its next phase.

This role will provide leadership and strategic direction for the research and education/training aspects of Melanoma and Skin Cancers within the VCCC. The Research & Education Lead will work to promote the integration of research and education/training into routine clinical practice to support optimal patient care and identify opportunities to build on high impact research for Melanoma and Skin Cancers. In this role, the Lead will work across all VCCC sites and work closely and cohesively with clinical leadership at each site (including the co-located hospitals in Parkville) to better integrate research, education and clinical care.  

The successful candidate will remain employed by their home organisation, but will work in this role (0.1 EFT) across all VCCC partners. The ideal candidate will be an outstanding researcher who can demonstrate success in the education/training and clinical domains. They will have demonstrated ability to build and maintain the high quality collaborative relationships required to provide leadership for Melanoma and Skin Cancers across the VCCC partnership. The role is supported by program management staff within the VCCC office.

This is an exceptional opportunity to develop and harmonise high quality, alliance-wide research and educational activities in collaboration with clinical leaders at each VCCC health service. The appointee will rigorously evaluate and clearly demonstrate the value of their program. Evaluations will be a key part of further development of the VCCC Research & Education Lead Program.

Applications for the VCCC Research & Education Leads for Melanoma and Skin Cancers should be endorsed by the CEO or equivalent of the applicant’s VCCC home partner organisation. Applications from individuals, along with a letter of endorsement, should consist of a covering letter of no more than three pages outlining the key reasons for the candidate’s interest in the role and specifically addressing the key selection criteria in the attached position description, and a resumé. 

Founded in the holistic principles of the internationally-recognised Comprehensive Cancer Centre model, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a powerful alliance of 10 leading research and clinical institutions with a shared commitment to working together to advance and accelerate integrated cancer research, treatments, prevention and care. Our partners are the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), 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 (including St Vincent's Institute), Austin Health (including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Austin Lifesciences) and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Applications will close on Wednesday 24th May 2017

Please send applications, accompanied by a letter of endorsement, to