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|SENIOR BIOINFORMATICIAN||$123,292 - $128,275 (UOM 9)|
|The University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) has the mission to improve cancer patient outcome through Cancer Genome Discovery, Translation and Personalised Medicine. The UMCCR is seeking a Senior Bioinformatician who will help create solutions for rapid diagnostics at scale, decoding the genetic damage present in each patient’s cancer genome, with the rigor and speed needed for a clinical setting.|
|Centre for Cancer Research is seeking a genomics assistant/specialist to provide research support to the genomics team and contribute to the Centre’s cancer genome sequencing activities.|
|RESEARCH FELLOW IN CANCER SERVICES & DATA SCIENCE||$105,232 - $124,958 (Level B)|
|Conduct and advocate for data-driven cancer research as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre’s Data-Driven Research Hub.|
|JUNIOR RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEER||$85,134 - $92,154 (UOM 6)|
|The University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) has the mission to improve cancer patient outcome through Cancer Genome Discovery, Translation and Personalised Medicine. The UMCCR is seeking a Junior Research Software Engineer to help create solutions for data management, platform integration and monitoring in a cloud computing environment.|
|GENOMICS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW||$73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)|
|Centre for Cancer Research is seeking a motivated researcher for rapid genome/transcriptome sequencing activities and develop new approaches to patient profiling.|
Any advertised positions with University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research teams will be advertised on this page.
Cancer is a key research theme in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), with opportunities for honours, graduate research and short course programs within a number of departments, for leaders and future leaders in cancer.
Any specific research project opportunities available with University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research Research Groups will be advertised on this page.
2021 Masters and Honours Projects
Department of Medicine and Radiology
Professor Jennifer Philip's Palliative Care Nexus group, with the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research and Department of Medicine and Radiology, have four research projects available in 2021 for Honours, Masters or PhD.
- A systematic review of end of life quality of care indicators
- A systematic review of the management of anxiety in palliative cancer patients
- A systematic review of the management of nausea unrelated to cancer treatment
- A systematic review of the management of sleep in palliative care cancer patients
Department of Clinical Pathology
The Department of Clinical Pathology has a number of opportunities with supervisors based in the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research, for masters and honours students in 2021. See details of our current project opportunities below, or view all on the Department website.
- Is this cell unwell? Evaluating the features of Human Papilloma Virus-infected squamous cells of the uterine cervix
This study aims to have significant impact in the diagnosis of cervical dysplasia and cancer.
- Can we determine which colorectal cancers are caused by gut bacteria?
This project aims to determine the clinical, pathological, molecular and lifestyle characteristics of colorectal cancers to enable future strategies for the prevention and early detection.
- Determining the somatic mutation and immune landscape of sebaceous skin lesions
This project will involve analysis of large-scale sequencing data of both tumour and germline DNA samples.
- Discovering somatic alterations in repetitive genome sequence in breast cancer
This project works characterise variation in the majority of known human genome repeats; to discover any differences between the tumour and normal sample, and primary tumour and metastatic sample.
- Developing diagnostic methods for diagnostically challenging pancreatobillary tumours
This project will involve the identification of biomarkers or molecular methods that can help resolve the diagnosis of metastatic tumours of uncertain origin
- Identification of biomarkers that predict pancreatic cancer response to targeted drug therapy
Project aiming to identify biomarkers by implementing a machine learning approach based on the use of genomic, transcriptomic and drug response data generated from organoids derived from pancreatic cancer patients.
- Temporal DNA methylation changes associated with serrated pathway tumourigenesis identified from human intestinal organoids
This project will improve our understanding of the serrated pathway and contribute to identifying molecular drivers of transformation to colorectal cancer that will be used a biomarker for prevention.
The University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) offers two scholarships exclusively to graduate research students undertaking projects relevant to cancer, with a principal supervisor affiliated with the UMCCR.
- Margaret and Irene Stewardson Fund Scholarship – Providing a student, with a minimum academic achievement of first-class honours or equivalent, with a fortnightly allowance totalling approximately $42,000 pa, for up to 3.5 years.
- W. P. Greene Scholarship – Providing an outstanding applicant commencing a graduate research degree, or currently enrolled in a graduate research degree, with a fortnightly allowance totalling approximately $3,500 pa, for up to 3.5 years.
Any open scholarships specific to the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research will be listed here.
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences also offers an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.