First listed on: 03 April 2018

Senior Research Officer (BSD.135)

  • Plan and coordinate implementation of a new behavioural research project
  • Drive data collection, analysis and reporting for this NHMRC-funded study
  • Full time fixed term position for 3.5 years – St Kilda Road, Melbourne

About your environment

Cancer Council Victoria has been leading efforts against cancer since 1936 through world leading research, prevention, support and advocacy programs. Within the Behavioural Science Division, the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer’s (CBRC) mission is to conduct high quality applied behavioural research to inform and influence cancer prevention policies, programs and services, in order to reduce the impact of cancer on the Victorian community. CBRC’s research is linked to the Council’s strategic plan.

The Centre’s work program encompasses behavioural research in the areas of tobacco control, skin cancer prevention, obesity prevention, alcohol harm prevention and cancer screening. The Centre also undertakes evaluation of cancer prevention and screening programs and services housed within Cancer Council Victoria, including high profile public communication programs such as Quit, SunSmart and LiveLighter.

About your opportunity

We are seeking a Senior Research Officer to join the CBRC. Reporting to the Senior Research Fellow, your role is to:

  • Plan and coordinate the implementation of an NHMRC-funded study examining how health warnings and advertisements can correct smokers’ misperceptions about the relative harms of different tobacco products
  • Design, undertake and interpret multivariate statistical analyses for the study using established procedures
  • Prepare reports and journal papers, and present findings at professional meetings and conferences
  • Supervise staff as required

All about you

We are looking for someone with:

  • At least a Bachelor of Arts, Behavioural Science or Science (Honours), or an equivalent tertiary degree
  • Substantial experience in a research-related environment including experience in managing and coordinating research studies
  • Proven experience conducting multivariate statistical analysis using STATA or SPSS, with the ability to correctly interpret research findings
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate research findings and to write peer-reviewed journal publications
  • Exceptional time management skills with the ability to prioritise and efficiently achieve tasks within agreed timeframes.


What we can offer you

This full-time fixed term position for 3.5 years provides a salary within range $77,000 - $95,000 pa plus superannuation, annual leave loading and the benefits of not-for-profit salary packaging and a meal entertainment card. We also offer a flexible and friendly work environment, social and wellbeing activities and a location close to public transport.

To apply and for more info

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples are encouraged to apply.

Culturally and linguistically diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this opportunity visit to download a Position Description and the Key Selection Criteria and forward your full application (cover letter, resume and completed Key Selection Criteria document) to For more information contact Professor Melanie Wakefield at

Cancer Council will only make contact with applicants that are shortlisted for interview. We are also unable to respond to recruitment agency enquiries.

All offers of employment will be made subject to satisfactory completion of employment checks including evidence of right to work in Australia, and a National Police Check.

Applications close Sunday 22 April 2018

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