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  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • University of Melbourne
15 Mar 2021

Master of Cancer Sciences online tutor: Cancer Research subject

Teaching Assistant, Level A casual role for 13 weeks during Term 2 2021 teaching period, at an approximate time commitment of around 5-7 hours per week.

We require a casual Teaching Assistant in the Cancer Research subject to support a tutorial group of up to 25 online graduate students. 

The role will be part of a professional and dynamic team supporting the Master of Cancer Sciences program. Join the team and help to deliver Australia's first cancer-specific, multidisciplinary, flexible, wholly online program; and one of only two such programs in the world.

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 (UoM). 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 role will involve familiarisation around content, announcements, online invigilation of the student discussion fora, consultation and monitoring of student engagement, preparation, set up and delivery of webinars, assessment grading and evaluation and quality improvement activities.

 Required availability

The dates that the tutor is required are Monday 12 April to Sunday 11 July 2021. The individual will need to be available for all four tutorials scheduled throughout the subject. The subject will be delivered annually in Term 2, so there is an opportunity for the individual to teach into the forthcoming years.

About the subject – Cancer Research

The Cancer Research subject will provide students with the ability to apply research methodologies in the context of cancer. Students will learn about the structure and skills required to conduct successful research activities. There will be an introduction to a variety of methods for investigation including experimental and clinical trial design, methodology for population-based studies, ethical considerations, and statistical analyses. In addition, critical analysis of the literature will be embedded throughout the subject with exposure to the currently active areas of research in cancer.

By the end of the subject, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the methodological and statistical principles of cancer research
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the ethical and regulatory standards that guide cancer research
  • Formulate testable hypotheses, and appropriate methodological techniques to test these hypotheses

About the course – Master of Cancer Sciences

The Master of Cancer Sciences is a comprehensive, in-depth course of study into the oncological sciences. This innovative program will equip students with the cutting-edge, evidence-based specialist knowledge required to be at the forefront of the rapidly evolving fields of clinical care and cancer research. Students will also complete a research project in an emerging field of cancer research. Completion of the Masters will enable students to pursue higher research degree pathways, should they choose to do so. 

How to apply

Download a copy of the position description.

Applications to be sent to Sathana Dushyanthen, VCCC Lead of Graduate Programs by Monday night 5 April 2021 (end of Easter long weekend), addressing all essential selection criteria and appending your CV and cover letter.

For further information

Stephen Mieruszynski, Subject Coordinator


Please do not send your application to this contact