The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

open menu button



Program Manager, Research Development

Full-time or part-time 0.8, Maximum Term Contract to June 2020

  • Collaboratively drive two programs aimed at bringing next-generation genomic technologies closer to the clinic and understanding of the biological basis of resistance and super-response to targeted therapies.
  • Use your in-depth understanding of and experience in cancer biology and/or genomics to manage programs at the forefront of research-led patient care.

Flexible working arrangements negotiable: full-time or part-time 0.8, maximum term contract to mid-June 2020

About the Position

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is an alliance of six public hospitals, two medical research institutes and Australia’s number one university. The VCCC is committed to the integration of research and education into routine care for cancer patients. As part of the VCCC’s Strategic Research Plan, a number of programs have been co-developed with clinicians and researchers from our partner organisations that will bring research-led care closer to everyday clinical practice for cancer patients.

Reporting to the VCCC Head of Research Development, this position will provide you with the opportunity to work with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and clinicians from across the alliance, managing two programs:

1. Precision Oncology, which aims to create systems and processes (including coordinating Australia's first Molecular Tumour Board) that will eventually lead to more cancer patients having access to genomic tests that inform treatment decision-making; and

2. Understanding Response and Resistance to Targeted Therapies, which facilitates the use of cutting-edge analytical technologies to analyse the response to targeted therapies for patients participating in clinical trials at the VCCC.

The position will also act as a central support and contact for program managers working within our alliance partners, appointed by VCCC to work on two additional programs:

1. Precision Prevention and Tailored Screening; and

2. Immunotherapy;

and the role will contribute to supporting the VCCC’s key research advisory committee on work that aims to measure the impact of research from across the VCCC alliance.

What You Will Bring to the Position

You will be required to have a combination of an in-depth understanding of cancer biology and/or cancer genomics, outstanding stakeholder management skills, and a passion to develop and support better ways to work together within the health and medical research and healthcare sectors.  You will have:

  • Significant experience in cancer research at a post-doctoral level, preferably with experience in cancer genomics or cancer biology.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating relationships and collaborations including with academics, clinicians and researchers and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently, while keeping the bigger picture in mind and working as a part of a team toward an agreed strategic direction.
  • Experience in preparing applications for ethical approval of research projects.
  • Experience in conducting systematic literature searches and synthesising, analysing and interpreting evidence and data to inform relevant work.
  • Knowledge of research impact measurement including citation metrics and research grant funding systems.

About the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Established in 2009, the vision for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care. Founded in the holistic principles of the internationally-recognised Comprehensive Cancer Centre model, the VCCC is a powerful alliance of 10 leading research and clinical institutions with a shared commitment to working together to advance and accelerate cancer research, treatments, preventions and cures.

The VCCC brings together Australia's best cancer research and treatment institutions: the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health, Royal Women's Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Western Health and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

The tenure of this role is linked to VCCC funding of a four-year agreement to mid-2020 with the Department of Health and Human Services. The possibility of further opportunities may be available in the future, dependent on funding and operational requirements.

Equity & Inclusion

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment, free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, vilification and victimisation.


With the ongoing objective of enhancing relationships with our alliance partners, this position may be able to arranged as a secondment within a VCCC partner organisation. Employees within the VCCC alliance are encouraged to contact Christine Morton, Head of People & Culture on 03 8559 6135 to discuss the possibility of a suitable arrangement.


Download a copy of the position description.

Applications should consist of your CV and a covering letter outlining the key reasons for your interest in the role specifically addressing the key selection criteria in the position description.

Please lodge your application via Seek, no later than COB Monday 18 June, 2018 (extended from previous closing date - all applications will be considered).