Children's Cancer Foundation and My Room Chair in Childhood Cancer

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jul 10, 2024

Job Description:

Job no:0054427
Role type:
Full time, Fixed-term for 5 years (renewable)
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Level E - Attractive salary package negotiable plus 17% super

About The University of Melbourne
Situated on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Bunurong, Yorta Yorta, and Dja Dja Wurrung peoples, the University of Melbourne is a place of discovery and enquiry. Our purpose is to benefit society through transformative education and research.

Established in 1853, we are one of Australia’s oldest universities and the first in Victoria. Today, our vibrant community comprises over 52,000 students, including 41 percent international students from 150 countries. Our students are supported by 10,000 academic and professional staff. This diversity of experience, backgrounds, and perspectives of all members of our community enriches the fabric of our university.

About the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is a diverse faculty renowned for its research excellence, teaching, training, and policy leadership across the breadth of medical, biomedical and health science fields.

Led by the Dean, Professor Jane Gunn, the faculty is Australia’s overall leader in clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences, and sits at the heart of a flourishing ecosystem of globally recognised health and biomedical organisations across Victoria.

We are based in Parkville, with a thriving rural health campus in Shepparton. The faculty comprises six schools and 41 departments, centres and institutes. It employs more than 2,750 FTE staff members and has a large and committed community of honorary members. It educates around 11,000 students each year, offers over 140 courses, and is a significant research contributor to the University of Melbourne.

The Chair in Childhood Cancer opportunity sits within the Melbourne Medical School’s Department of Paediatrics and will engage with a broad array of partner organisations, including The Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the VCCC Alliance, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room Children’s Cancer Charity.

About the Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room Children’s Cancer Charity
The Children’s Cancer Foundation funds world-class research and clinical care, and supports families through treatment. Founded by parents of diagnosed children in 1992, the Children’s Cancer Foundation collaborates with hospitals, research institutes and universities who share an aligned vision and purpose to advance research, clinical care and family-support for childhood cancer.

My Room Children’s Cancer Charity is a volunteer-led organisation, working together to support patients and families affected by cancer, without the bureaucracy. The charity relies on the generosity of its donors to fund support for families, medical equipment, clinical care, research and trials.

About the Childhood Cancer Foundation and My Room Chair in Childhood Cancer
The Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room Chair in Childhood Cancer is a new academic leadership position made possible by generous funding from the Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room in collaboration with key VCCC Alliance members, University of Melbourne, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

We are seeking a leading clinician-scientist or translational paediatric cancer specialist who can provide inspirational leadership and mentorship to the next generation of paediatric cancer researchers within our Campus and precinct. The Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room Chair will collaborate, inspire and connect, providing academic leadership in personalised clinical care, generating new insights through research and translating new evidence into practice for children in Victoria and beyond. This represents a unique career opportunity to define the direction of paediatric cancer research in a leading paediatric hospital, embedded in a vibrant academic precinct.

It is anticipated that a clinical scientist appointee will contribute to clinical care at the Children’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and will help drive the clinical and translational research strategy, working closely with the Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Children’s Cancer Centre, other leaders in the Victoria Paediatric Cancer Consortium and in the Melbourne Children’s Cancer Research Flagship. Clinical sessions will be appropriately remunerated, either as a conjoint appointment or as a separate contract. An appointee from a translational scientist background will be expected to develop research that will impact clinical care and directly benefit patients.

As a Professor of the University of Melbourne, the appointee will be expected to provide transformational leadership and dedicated service for the University and the broader community beyond their leadership within their academic fields and disciplines.

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