First listed on: 26 October 2018

The David Hill Research Fellow (BSD.114)

  • Play a key role in Cancer Council’s Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer
  • Make a significant contribution to cancer prevention research
  • Full-time fixed-term position for 3 years starting in 2019 – St Kilda Rd Melbourne location

About your environment

Since our establishment in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people. Within the Behavioural Science Division, the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer (CBRC) conducts high quality applied behavioural research and evaluation to inform and influence cancer prevention policies, programs and services. Led by Professor Melanie Wakefield, the Centre has an international reputation as a key provider of cancer prevention evidence, with active programs of research underway in tobacco control, skin cancer prevention, obesity prevention, alcohol harm reduction and cancer screening.

Your opportunity

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join the CBRC team who aspires to become an independent researcher. Reporting to the Centre’s Director, you will:

  • Analyse existing data from the Centre’s cancer prevention research programs.
  • Write manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Conceive of new research questions and design and conduct studies
  • Lead or contribute to writing grant applications for new research projects.
  • Present papers at national and international conferences.
  • Work collaboratively across and/or within the Centre’s priority areas of cancer prevention.

All about you

We are looking for someone with:

  • A PhD in behavioural science or in a related discipline.
  • Expertise in behavioural science methods and measures and experience in independent analysis of behavioural science or public health data.
  • The ability to conceive and formulate relevant research hypotheses, and to translate these into carefully planned studies.
  • Documented experience of writing scientific papers for publication, and a commitment to, achievement in, communication of scholarly research.

What we can offer you

This is a full-time fixed term position for 3 years provides a salary within range of $95,000 to $115,000 plus superannuation, annual leave loading and the benefits of not-for-profit salary packaging and a meal entertainment card. Additional funding will be available for the conduct of pilot studies and conference attendance.

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, Director, 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 18 November 2018

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