Internships in Cancer Clinical Trials

Applicants are encouraged to put in an application as soon as possible. Candidates are being shortlisted for interviews on a rolling basis until all positions are filled

Location: Various locations across Victoria

Duration: 5 month internship (plus an additional 5 months employed as an intern at the site)

Proposed start date: February 2020

Please Note: Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Applicants must be a currently enrolled PhD student and have their thesis completed by February/March 2020. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will be ineligible for this project.

Project Background

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) is a powerful alliance of 10 leading research, academic and clinical institutions working together to accelerate and amplify leading-edge cancer research, knowledge and expertise to benefit the Victorian community. The Australian clinical trials sector is expanding and there are opportunities to grow skills and knowledge to support cancer clinical trial activity in Victoria. Scientists who have completed a PhD can bring a wealth of research experience to the clinical trial setting, and with training and experience, are well placed to take up study coordinator roles in clinical trial units.

As well as developing core clinical trial knowledge and skills, participants will undertake a process improvement project within a Victorian clinical trial unit. In consultation with the unit, the student will monitor a clinical trial process and identify areas for improvement. During the second half of the internship, students will work with their host site to implement a ‘process improvement’ activity

Research to be Conducted

Clinical trial sites continually evaluate their processes to ensure compliance with ethical, safety and regulatory requirements. It’s hoped that PhD researchers will be able to assist units by observing processes within their unit (e.g. the informed consent process, data collection and documentation, handling biological samples, regulation compliance) and identifying opportunities for improvement.

One of the goals of the VCCC is to contribute to the development of a highly trained clinical trial workforce. This program also aims to provide training and work experience, so that candidates have the knowledge and skills to take on study coordinator roles in the future.

Clinical trial units within the VCCC alliance run numerous clinical trials concurrently which will give students the opportunity to learn about the different stages and types of clinical trials. Students will have access to and be mentored by clinical trial experts.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following skills:

  • An interest in cancer-related clinical trials
  • In the process of thesis submission

Applicants are encouraged to put in an application as soon as possible.  Candidates are being shortlisted for interviews on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Expected Outcomes

Participants will be required to complete a final report and presentation outlining:

  • The clinical trial process they have investigated
  • The opportunities identified for process improvements
  • Their recommendations for process improvement

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month for the first five months of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments, and will be paid at the award rate for the final 5 months.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

2 October 2019


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