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30 Oct 2019

Cancer Clinical Trials Study Coordinator Internships - deadline extended

Are you interested in pursuing a career in clinical trials?

Have you completed your PhD in a relevant scientific discipline and had at least two years of cancer-related experience?

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) alliance is committed to developing a highly skilled, clinical trial workforce, with the aim of expanding clinical trial activity and patient participation in Victorian cancer clinical trials.

The VCCC alliance is offering multiple, paid internship opportunities in Victorian cancer clinical trial units, via the SKILLED program. These opportunities are available to Victorian-based scientific post-doctoral graduates who have completed their PhD thesis in the last two years.

The 40-week internships commence in February 2020 and are suitable to candidates interested in gaining the requisite knowledge and skills to contribute to the clinical trials workforce. Interns will be provided with a comprehensive training program and expert mentoring to competitively position them for an ongoing role in the field.  Successful applicants will be supported to refine their Clinical Trial Study Coordinator skills with the aim to being job ready at the conclusion of the program. 

Internship training

The development of core clinical trial knowledge, skills and experience in the areas of:

  • Essentials of clinical trial regulation and management
  • Good clinical practice
  • Safe shipping and handling
  • Ethics, budgets and contracts
  • Study coordinator, role-specific training
  • Patient communication skills
  • Clinical trial databases

Position summary

Working out of a host site, the Study Coordinator Intern will assist with the coordination of clinical trials to ensure that all clinical trials are managed according to the International Conference for Harmonization (ICH) guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) to ensure the safety and protection of trial participants and the integrity of trial data subsequently collected.

Duties are to be performed with the ongoing objective of supporting the host site’s strategic plan of achieving continued excellence in service provision by ensuring that evidence-based evaluation is the foundation for clinical practice.

All interns will undertake a process improvement project. In consultation with the host clinical trials unit, each intern will observe and monitor a clinical trial process and identify areas for improvement. During the second half of the internship, interns will work with their host site to implement a ‘process improvement’ activity.

Key selection criteria

  • PhD in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Two years of cancer-related experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Personal confidence, empathy and initiative required to deal with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise effectively
  • Meticulous and attentive to details
  • Able to work independently, while able to contribute effectively in a team setting
  • Cooperative and supportive collegiate approach with the ability to gain the support of others
  • Commitment to excellence in customer service and care

Special requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be available to commence in February 2020
  • Be based in Victoria
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold permanent residency status


The Clinical Trials Study Coordinator Post-Doctoral Internship positions will be remunerated according to the relevant Award, which on most host sites is the Victorian Public Health Sector Agreement.


Interns will be employed within various Victorian cancer clinical trial services on sites both within the Melbourne metropolitan and regional areas). 

Application process

Applications extended to 5pm, Monday 18 November 2019.

To be considered, applications must include a resume and a cover letter clearly addressing each of the key selection criteria as outlined in the position description.

Submit your application via SEEK.

Further Information

For more information, please email Chris Packer, Clinical Trials, Workforce Development Manager, VCCC chris.packer@unimelb.edu.au 

Equity and inclusion

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment, free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, vilification and victimisation.