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01 Apr 2021

Master of Cancer Sciences Research Project Supervisor - Research Thesis Capstone

Teaching Assistant, Level A casual role. Fixed-term position teaching period commencing Term 3 2021.

We require a casual Research Project Supervisor in the Research Thesis Capstone subject to take responsibility for the supervision of multiple students (4-5 per 6-month project) within the Master of Cancer Sciences (MCS) course. 

The role will be part of a professional and dynamic team supporting the Master of Cancer Sciences program. Join the team and help to deliver Australia's first cancer-specific, multidisciplinary, flexible, wholly online program; and one of only two such programs in the world.

The Master of Cancer Sciences is a fully online two-year part-time course offered jointly by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and the University of Melbourne (UoM). The philosophy behind the Master of Cancer Sciences is to provide a contemporary, evidence-based program to health professionals to improve the outcomes and quality of life for patients with cancer and ultimately to improve cancer treatment outcomes. 


The primary responsibility of a research project supervisor is to ensure that the student completing a research project under their supervision is provided continuing support and guidance in the conduct of their project, so as to produce a piece of work that is the best the student can achieve. However, the final form and content of that work is the responsibility of the student.

Required availability

The fixed-term position is available for the Research Thesis Capstone subject teaching period: Terms 1 & 2 and Terms 3 & 4 2021. The subject will be delivered annually, so there is an opportunity for the individual to continue in the forthcoming years.

About the role - Research Project Supervisor

The phases of supervision will include:

  • Project planning with the student
  • Regular meetings to track progress
  • Availability to field questions
  • Examination of research reports

Supervisors will liaise closely with the Co-Subject Coordinator, Graduate Programs Lead & Course Convenors to ensure that the students' research experience meets the overarching course objectives and provides a seamless, integrated experience as part of the Master's suite. 

Regular meetings with the student are encouraged and are to be negotiated between the supervisor and the student. As a guide, approximately ½ hour-long weekly meetings for the first few weeks and 1 hour-long fortnightly meetings for the remainder of the project over the two terms (Term 1 & 2 or Term 3 & 4) is recommended to ensure adequate monitoring of the student’s progress. More or less frequent meetings may be required at different periods during the project.

About the course – Master of Cancer Sciences

The Master of Cancer Sciences is a comprehensive, in-depth course of study into the oncological sciences. This innovative program will equip students with the cutting-edge, evidence-based specialist knowledge required to be at the forefront of the rapidly evolving fields of clinical care and cancer research. Students will also complete a research project in an emerging field of cancer research. Completion of the Masters will enable students to pursue higher research degree pathways, should they choose to do so. 

How to apply

Download a copy of the position description.

Applications to be sent to Dr Sathana Dushyanthen, VCCC Lead of Graduate Programs by Sunday night 18 April 2021, addressing all essential selection criteria and appending your CV and cover letter.

For further information

Giulia McCorkell, Subject Coordinator

Email giulia.mccorkell@unimelb.edu.au

Please do not send your application to this contact