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Job Number : 29022
Type and Location : Research / Sydney
Listed By : Melanoma Institute Australia on 24 Oct 2019
Research Assistant (Supportive Care and Survivorship)

About us

Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) is a world leader in melanoma research, clinical care and education.  Incorporated in 2007, MIA represents the next stage of evolution for the Sydney Melanoma Unit (SMU) and aims to build on ground breaking work dating back to the early 1960’s. 

The evolution of MIA was made possible by a $40 Million benefaction from Greg Poche AO.  These funds enabled the construction of the Poche Centre - a purpose built centre focusing on melanoma treatment, research and care. The Poche Centre represents the opportunity to centralise MIA’s operations and establishes a “headquarters” for melanoma research, care and education within Australia.   

The purpose of MIA is to be a unifying force, improving the lives of Australians who have melanoma and to prevent others from suffering with this disease.

MIA is and will continue to be the leading centre for melanoma research, clinical care and training.  MIA aims to establish the standard of care for melanoma in Australia and contributes to the development of international clinical care standards.  We are highly respected within the community.

MIA is a custodian of one of the largest clinical datasets for melanoma in the world.  The research conducted with this dataset continues to provide answers about melanoma and contributes to the establishment of International standards for the disease.

MIA achieves its purpose through patient care, research, training, education and advocacy.

The Opportunity

MIA’s Supportive Care and Survivorship Research Program was established in 2017 as one of the five research themes at MIA (the other themes are Prevention and Patients at High Risk of Melanoma, Early Stage Melanoma, Advanced Melanoma and Health Economics). This program is based at the Poche Centre in Wollstonecraft, with strong links to and support from other melanoma researchers at The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. Our program focuses on the issues that are important to people with melanoma, their families, healthcare teams and the community, in order to better understand the complex challenges posed at all stages of this disease, and to develop new and innovative ways of addressing these challenges. As we approach MIA’s goal of Zero Deaths from Melanoma, patients live longer than ever before, making quality of life considerations and psychosocial care paramount.

MIA’s vision of implementing psychosocial support into routine clinical care of melanoma patients is driving several research projects, including: 

  • Assessing and addressing supportive care needs of melanoma patients
  • Routine implementation of an evidence-based psycho-educational intervention
  • Assessment of quality of life issues in melanoma clinical trials and
  • Examining the way health professionals communicate and respond to psychological distress during consultations

The Role

In the role of research assistant, you will conduct high-quality research, assisting senior researchers.  This includes actively contributing to supportive care and survivorship research activities, including completing literature searches and reviews, preparation of study protocols, ethics and grant applications, study implementation, data collection, analysis and interpretation and dissemination of results (manuscript preparation and conference presentations). In this role, you will be liaising closely with other researchers and clinicians working with melanoma patients. Forming and nurturing collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders will be crucial to success in this role.

This role is a full time (job share will be considered), 12-month contract, with the possibility of extension.

Role requirements: 

To be successful in this role, you will be an enthusiastic, driven and independent person who is passionate about improving lives of melanoma patients.

You would have the following skills and experience:  

  • Tertiary qualifications, likely Honours in psychology or a related field (e.g. social work, public health, behavioural sciences);
  • Experience in conducting research studies, including carrying out literature searches and reviews, identifying gaps in current knowledge, formulating research questions, preparing and implementing study protocols, preparing ethics applications;
  • Excellent decision-making, problem-solving, organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a multidisciplinary team, taking initiative and making sound judgements in resolving matters routinely arising in research;
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written), presentation, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

If you are passionate about research and supporting melanoma patients and are motivated to succeed in this high-performing research team, we would love to hear from you. 

Please send your CV and a cover letter answering the following questions:

  1. Please provide examples of your research experience.  What have been some challenges you have faced while conducting research activities and what have you done to overcome them? (500 words)
  2. Describe your experience in working towards multiple deadlines.  What strategies did you find helpful in making progress and meeting objectives?  What challenges have you faced and how did you address them? (500 words)

Short listing for this position will occur in the week beginning on 18 November, with interviews planned for 21-22 November.  

Further information about Melanoma Institute Australia can be found at

Only applicants with full working rights within Australia should apply.  Our working week is 38 hours so those on student visas need not apply.

Contact Details
For more information about this opportunity, please contact or Kylie Scott – Head of Human Resources – 02.9911.7237.

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