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  • University of Melbourne
28 May 2020

Research Project Supervisor: Cancer Research Capstone

We require a casual Research Project Supervisor in the Cancer Research Capstone subject to take responsibility for the supervision of multiple students within the Master of Cancer Sciences course. 

The Research Project Supervisor will oversee:

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

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. 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 Research Project Supervisor will liaise closely with the Subject Coordinators and Course Convenors to ensure that the student’s research experience meets the over-arching course objectives and provides a seamless, integrated experience as part of the Master’s suite.

Role and responsibilities

The Research Project Supervisor will 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.

Regular meetings with the student are encouraged and are to be negotiated between the supervisor and the student. As a guide, approximately 30 minutes long weekly meetings for the first few weeks and 1 hour long fortnightly meetings for the remainder of the project over the two terms 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.

An important component of the Research Project Supervisor’s role is to offer feedback on the research project report drafts as the student develops their work. As a guide we recommend that supervisors identify areas of weakness and comment on the work (e.g. add more detail on exposure measurement validity here, this section may be a better fit in the paragraph below, etc.) instead of rewriting the student’s work. This approach fosters the student’s ability to edit and rewrite their own writing and ensures that the final research project report is the student’s own work.

Selection criteria


  • A degree in medicine, nursing, allied health or the sciences
  • Proven expertise in one of the following research areas (please state clearly in your application): quantitative clinical research, qualitative clinical research, mixed methods research and design, systematic reviews, protocol development, clinical database interrogation, and / or bioinformatics/biostatistics for clinical research
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in supporting online learning communities
  • Previous experience in Supervision of Honours level or above
  • Proven track record of publications in the last 3 years
  • Demonstrated strong organisational, time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ethical scholar who values diversity and works effectively with individual differences
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective teaching collaboration and engagement
  • Proven rapport with university students and a commitment to pastoral matters
  • Proven capacity to work in a team environment
  • Working with Children Check


  • Minimum of a Masters by research degree in a relevant field
  • Research projects/programs with approved ethics
  • Clinical practice in a relevant area
  • Demonstrated experience administering student cohorts on learning management systems

How to apply

Download a copy of the position description.

Please send applications, including address of the Key Selection Criteria by Wednesday 17 June 2020 to:

Dr Sathana Dushyanthen
VCCC Graduate Programs Lead, Master of Cancer Sciences  

For enquiries, contact

Dr Laura Forrest
Subject Coordinator

Dr Jason Wasiak
Subject Coordinator

Please do not send your application to these contacts