First listed on: 21 February 2020

Senior Research Officer

  • Implement and analyse NHMRC-funded behavioural research studies
  • Improve the effectiveness of tobacco and alcohol policies and campaigns
  • Full time, fixed term position for 2 years – St Kilda Road, Melbourne

About your environment

Since our establishment in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in cancer researchprevention 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 control policies, programs and services. Under the leadership of Professor Melanie Wakefield AO, 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.

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 QuitSunSmart 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:

  • Manage the implementation and statistical analysis for three research projects assessing the impact of health warnings and related consumer information
  • Contribute to knowledge-building about effective mass-reach communication strategies for tobacco and alcohol control
  • 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, and supervising staff.
  • 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

  • Full-time, fixed term position for 2 years
  • Salary commensurate with experience plus superannuation and access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,550 of your salary tax-free)
  • The opportunity to increase the effectiveness of powerful cancer prevention programs for major risk factors
  • A flexible and supportive workplace, with excellent work-life balance and opportunities for career progression and development

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 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 Dr Emily Brennan 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 Monday, 9 March 2020.

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