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03 Dec 2019

Cancer Clinical Trial Assistant Interns

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.

We are offering multiple, paid internship opportunities in Victorian cancer clinical trial units, via the SKILLED program. These opportunities are available to Victorian-based scientific BSc (Hons) or higher.

  • Are you interested in pursuing a career in clinical trials?
  • Multiple 40-week intern placements commencing February 2020
  • Positions available in Metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria - one key placement available in Bendigo


The 40-week internships commence on 3 February 2020 and are suitable for 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 Assistant (CTA) skills with the aim to being job ready at the conclusion of the program. 

Internship training will include

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
  • Clinical trial assistant, role-specific training
  • Patient communication skills
  • Clinical trial databases
Position Summary

Working out of a host cancer clinical trial site, the CTA Intern will learn the importance of this position within the health system.  The CTA Intern will assist in providing administrative and clerical support to ensure effective and efficient team operations. In conjunction with team members, the CTA Intern will assist in maintaining appropriate regulatory documents and ensuring regulatory compliance in the conduct of clinical trials. The CTA Intern role acts as the main conduit between clinical trial sponsors, assisting with onsite monitoring processes and deliverables.

While learning and gaining experience, the duties to be performed will be aligned with the ongoing objective of supporting the host site’s strategic plan.  The overarching intent of these plans is to achieve 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 term of the internship, interns will work with their host site to implement a ‘process improvement’ activity.

Key Selection Criteria
  • A tertiary degree in science, BSc (Hons) or higher post grad degree in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexibility and a willingness to learn
  • A motivated self-starter who brings initiative to essential daily tasks
  • Demonstrated organisational skills with excellent problem-solving ability
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and work to deadlines 
  • Ability to complete tasks efficiently and deliver outcomes as required, with accuracy and attention to detail.
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 CTA 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 units on sites both within the Melbourne metropolitan and regional areas. A handful of places remain available, with one placement available in Bendigo

While regional applications are encouraged, relocation funds can be made available to the successful applicant if travel within Victoria is required. Interstate relocation is not available for these placements.

Application Process

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

Please apply through our advertisement on Seek no later than 12noon, Friday 13 December 2019.

Further Information

For more information, please email Chris Packer, Clinical Trials, Workforce Development Manager, VCCC 

(Due to the popularity of these opportunities, we would appreciate your patience as we manage the recruitment process, thank you.)

About the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) was established in 2009 and is a powerful alliance of ten successful Victorian organisations committed to cancer control: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne Health (including The Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Western Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (including St Vincent's Institute), Austin Health (including the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and Austin Lifesciences) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Equity & 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.