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The Metcalf Family Cancer Research Fellowship And Clinical Haematologist Appointment

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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About WEHI

WEHI is one of Australia’s leading biomedical research organisations, with a strong national and international reputation for performing highly influential basic and translational research.

With more than 1,100 staff and students, the Institute is addressing some of the major health challenges of our time, with a focus on cancer, infection, inflammation, immune disorders, development and ageing. We are at the forefront of research innovation, with a strong commitment to excellence and investment in research computing, advanced technologies and developing new medicines and diagnostics. Our researchers are strongly supported by Professional Services teams.

The Institute is organised around five themes; Cancer Research and Treatments; Infection, Inflammation and Immunity; Healthy Development and Ageing; New Medicines and Advanced Technologies and Computational Biology.

The Institute’s main laboratories are located in the world-renowned Parkville precinct, a vibrant and collaborative life science research, education and healthcare hub. The WEHI Biotechnology Centre is located 30 minutes from Parkville at La Trobe University’s R&D Park in Bundoora and includes facilities for medicinal chemistry and antibody development and production.

Our affiliation with hospitals in the Parkville precinct, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, links research outcomes with clinical practice to accelerate discoveries for health and disease. We offer postgraduate training as the Department of Medical Biology of The University of Melbourne. Our Faculty are eligible for academic appointments with the University of Melbourne.

More than 30 million people worldwide have been helped by discoveries made at the Institute and more than 100 national and international clinical trials are underway that originate from Institute research. This includes trials of vaccines and therapies for type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease and malaria; trials of new anti-inflammatory agents for arthritis and other immune disorders; and trials of a new class of anti-cancer drugs, called BH3-mimetics, for treating patients with leukaemia and other cancers.

About Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre - a place where our normal days are extraordinary; as are the people we care for.

Peter Mac is one of a handful of integrated cancer research, education and treatment centres in the world. Each day our team strives to provide the very best in cancer care, even better treatments and potential cancer cures for all people affected by cancer.

Globally, we are facing one of the most pivotal times in the pursuit of cancer cures, and Peter Mac stands at its forefront. Together, we aim to lead a new era of cancer prevention, care and discovery, supported by state-of-the-art facilities at our new home within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building.

About the position

This position has been established in memory of Professor Don Metcalf, one of the founders of modern haematology, best known for his pioneering discovery of colony stimulating factors.

It is an outstanding opportunity for a mid-career medical graduate and researcher, who has the potential to make a significant contribution to advancing understanding and treatment of blood cancers.

The successful candidate will join WEHI with an initial seven-year fellowship and the opportunity to renew the fellowship based on performance. Candidates wanting to combine research with related clinical duties, including clinical trials, are particularly encouraged. For the right candidate, there will also be an opportunity to undertake a significant clinical appointment of up to 0.5 effective full-time in Clinical Haematology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital, employed by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. https://www.petermac.org/cancer/haematology

The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for working within an academic setting, a commitment to the Institute’s collaborative approach and enthusiasm for engaging more broadly with the Institute’s stakeholders, including the University of Melbourne, major teaching hospitals, the private sector, government, supporters, donors and the general public.

The fellowship has been established with the support of the Metcalf family in order to encourage and support a high-calibre candidate to advance their career as a cancer researcher and ultimately take a leadership role at the Institute.

The successful candidate will be appointed at WEHI as the Metcalf Family Cancer Research Fellow with a single-line grant of $400,000 per annum for an initial seven-year period, with renewal for additional periods dependent on performance. The Fellow’s salary will depend upon their qualifications and experience. Up to 17% superannuation and attractive salary packaging options are available.

The Institute is highly supportive of women scientists. WEHI Attractive awards include a childcare fellowship (Craven and Shearer Award) and additional technical assistance (Page Betheras Award) during and after parental leave.

The successful candidate seeking a significant clinical appointment will be employed by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in line with the Victorian Public Health Sector - Doctors In Training Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021 & the Victorian Public Health Sector - Medical Specialists Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021 as appropriate.

Key selection criteria for the Metcalf Family Research fellow:

  • Medical graduate
  • An excellent academic record
  • A compelling research plan
  • A commitment to translation
  • Inspirational leadership
  • Proven interpersonal and collaborative skills in achieving
research outcomes

Further information

A position description is available here

General enquiries can be directed to Professor Andrew Roberts roberts@wehi.edu.au or Professor Warren Alexander alexandw@wehi.edu.au Theme co-leaders for Cancer Research and Treatments.

Enquiries about a complementary clinical appointment should be directed to Professor John Seymour, Director Clinical Haematology Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital john.seymour@petermac.org.

How to apply

Your application should include:
A completed application form which you can download and fill in here.
Your current CV

When ready please email your application form and CV in pdf format to jobapplications@wehi.edu.au, quoting reference number WEHI/EMAC0221 in the subject line. Any enquiries in relation to the application process should be directed to Debbie Ashton ashton.d@wehi.edu.au

Application closing date: 5pm Wednesday 12 May 2021

At WEHI we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support women laboratory heads.

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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