Employment at CTA

Cancer Trials Australia (CTA) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is to be an international leader in clinical trials, playing a pivotal role in developing new therapies and the advancement of patient care.

Our mission is to be the clinical partner of choice, for members, industry, research organisations and patients, to provide excellence in clinical trials thereby contributing to Australia’s developing knowledge and innovation economy.

This will be achieved by:

  1. Creating a quality clinical trial framework that delivers competitive advantage to members and sponsors;
  2. Attracting and advocating for clinical trials to be hosted in Australia, specifically within member organisations;
  3. Ensuring that every trial has the potential to improve patient care and to build clinical knowledge;
  4. Striving to ensure every clinical trial is conducted to the highest ethical and clinical standard; and
  5. Advancing the acquisition and sharing of knowledge in clinical trial management, design and implementation across the member network.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer and provides the additional benefits of 5 weeks annual leave per annum, access to attractive salary packaging arrangements, a free and confidential Employee Assistance Program, and a friendly and supportive work environment. Several of our staff are located at member sites.

Our job vacancies are advertised on Seek, as required, from time to time. To search for an existing vacancy, please click on the following link http://www.seek.com.au or refer below for current vacancies.

For additional information about working at CTA, please contact us at [email protected]

Ethics Submission Specialist

In this full-time role, you will work at our offices located in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) in Parkville, or from home, or a combination of both joining Cancer Trials Australia’s (CTA’s) team of professional and committed staff to provide centralised co-ordination of clinical trial start-up services on behalf of clinical research sites.  In 18 years of operation we have supported the administration of over 1,500 clinical trials, which have recruited almost 10,000 oncology patients.

About the role:

As an Ethics Submission Specialist, you will be expected to operate autonomously to support our clinical research sites in providing access to new treatment options for patients with cancer.  You will be required to liaise with various stakeholders to gain Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and Research Governance Office (RGO) approval for clinical trials. You are expected to be organised, while maintaining a flexible and adaptable approach to unexpected changes in priorities.

This role provides an excellent opportunity to gain highly sought-after and in-depth experience in the administration and operation of clinical trials while also developing skills in relationship management.


  • prepare and co-ordinate all documentation required to gain HREC and RGO approval for clinical trials in accordance with stakeholder and institutional key performance indicators;
  • be the primary point of contact for issues relating to your ethics and governance submissions; and
  • accurately record all ethics submission activities including associated timelines and trial statuses within relevant databases

Skills and experience:

  • Tertiary qualification in Health, Life Sciences, or other related qualifications;
  • 1-2 years’ experience in coordinating ethics and governance submissions in a research environment;
  • The ability to understand scientific information and convert it into lay-person’s language;
  • The ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationship with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrating a high level of efficiency whilst maintaining accuracy;
  • Highly developed organisational and time-management skills required to meet strict deadlines;
  • Demonstrable ability to work as a constructive team member; and
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and database applications.

What you will get in return:

  • Working for a leading not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to improving clinical trial outcomes for patients;
  • great culture, working in a close-knit team of experienced professionals;
  • Generous salary packaging of up to $15,900 plus meals/entertainment benefits;
  • Access to a great internal training program and external professional development courses;
  • Flexible working arrangements; and
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program.

This role is offered under a 2-year fixed term contract, with the possibility of extended employment.  Part-time (0.8 FTE) candidates will also be considered.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer and this position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.  The successful applicant will also be required to supply a current National Police Clearance.

Queries about the role, including requests for a copy of the position description, can be directed to: [email protected], in the first instance.

To submit an application, please go to the Seek advertisement here, click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button and include a cover letter that addresses all of the essential requirements listed above, along with your curriculum vitae.  Applications without a cover letter will NOT be considered.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Closing: 5pm, Monday 22nd February

Junior Finance Officer

  • Want an opportunity to work in the expanding clinical trial sector?
  • Are you an experienced book-keeper or accounting student?
  • This full-time, fixed-term, 2-year contract could be what you’re after

Located in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Building in Parkville, Cancer Trials Australia (CTA) is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation, which provides a comprehensive oncology clinical trial administrative service for single and multi-site trials for its clinical members located in several states.

Due to continued growth, a new position has been created in CTA’s Finance team for a junior Finance Officer with vocational qualifications in book-keeping or demonstrated equivalent experience.  Applicants in the process of gaining formal accounting qualifications, while working in a similar role, will also be considered.

Reporting to the Senior Management Accountant, this role will undertake activities such as: accounts payable/receivable, sales invoicing, and reconciling related transactions with those reported by our Clinical Trial Management System.  The successful candidate will work closely with their Finance team colleagues and customers in a friendly and supportive environment.

Essential Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3-4 years’ book-keeping experience within a high-volume accounts environment, including processing accounts and general ledger journal entries, preferably gained in a medical or clinical organisation;
  • Advanced Excel skills including the ability to filter and manipulate large volumes of data in a spreadsheet whilst maintaining quality control;
  • An ability to balance the need for efficiency with excellent attention to detail and a high level of accuracy;
  • Excellent communication, customer relations and time-management skills; and
  • The ability to participate and contribute in a team environment.

Highly Desirable Requirements:

  • Previous experience with MYOB will be highly regarded.

CTA supports a hybrid working from home policy, balancing work time between your home, our offices located in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) in Parkville.

CTA is an equal opportunity employer and the successful candidate will receive a competitive remuneration package, in line with their skills and experience, including:

  • Base salary plus superannuation;
  • Generous salary packaging provisions;
  • Opportunities for professional development;
  • 5 weeks annual leave; and
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program

For more information about this role please email [email protected], or to obtain a copy of the position description, please email: [email protected].

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to running a safe and professional hiring process. The safety of our employees and prospective employees takes priority, which means that our recruitment process will include interviews conducted via Zoom and remote onboarding.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.  The successful applicant will also be required to supply a current National Police Clearance.

All applications must include a CV and covering letter addressing the essential requirements of the role. To submit an application, please go to the Seek advertisement here, click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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