Help us make a real difference to improve the lives of people with breast cancer.

Why Work for Breast Cancer Trials?

Breast Cancer Trials is committed to exploring and finding better treatments for people affected by breast cancer through clinical trials research. We are a group of world-leading breast cancer researchers based in Australia and New Zealand, supported by a team of professional staff who manage our clinical trials and raise the money we need to do the work we do.

Our research has improved the treatment of breast cancer, led to changes in the way breast cancer is managed, and saved the lives of millions of people affected by breast cancer since our inception in 1978. Our goal is for breast cancer patients to live better, to live longer, and to never die from breast cancer.

Our values – We before Me, Curiosity, Empathy and Greatness – are not just words, they are the simple behaviours of how we work on a daily basis. And “For good and for great”, is the energy and driving force behind everything we do.

The work we do and the decisions we make serve the common good of all people who are affected with breast cancer, as we strive every day to make the world a better place.

Organisations don’t make things happen; people do. Are you one of these people?

What We Do

Our office is located in Newcastle, NSW. Our dedicated team of 50 staff work across the three main areas of our organisation:

  • Trials
  • Fundraising
  • Business Support

Trials (Research)

The Trials Department activate, monitor and close the clinical trials we participate in. All trials are carried out at participating hospitals and cancer treatment centres across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. BCT does not have any direct patient contact, nor do we undertake any laboratory work.

Please see the Research section our website for more information.

Positions include: Clinical Trial Administrators, Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Trial Project Leaders and Clinical Trial Program Managers. Other positions cover Ethics and Regularly Affairs, Protocol Development and Quality Assurance (trials only).


Our national fundraising program is run from our Newcastle Office. There are many ways our supporters contribute to help us reach our research goals.

Please see the How You Can Help section of our website for more information.

Positions include: Supporter Care Officer, Appeals Coordinator, Supporter Engagement Officer, Fundraising Data Manager, Community Fundraising Manager, Community Fundraising Coordinator, Fundraising Digital Coordinator, and Individual Giving Manager.

Business Support

Business support provides finance, communications and human resources support to the organisation.

Benefits of Working for Breast Cancer Trials

By working at Breast Cancer Trials we can offer you:

  • A supportive work environment.
  • Exclusive benefits only accessible to employees within the charity sector (salary packaging) which reduces the amount of tax payable and increases your take home pay.
  • Generous conditions such as:
    • One accrued day off per month (full-time staff only)
    • Flexible start/finish times
    • Additional leave when the office is closed at Christmas (not part of your annual leave)
    • Paid Death & TPD, and salary continuance insurances
    • Additional Carer’s Leave days – up to five days per employment anniversary
    • Employee Assistance Program

Current Vacancies

Thank you for interest in working at Breast Cancer Trials. When we have vacant positions within our team, they will be posted below.

Medical Oncology & Breast Cancer Trials Clinical Fellow 2024

  • About the Role

    An opportunity exists for a Medical Oncology Trial Fellow to join both Calvary Mater Newcastle and Breast Cancer Trials with the primary aim of championing breast cancer clinical research in the Hunter Region.  The successful candidate will be employed by Calvary Mater Newcastle for 0.6 FTE, and by Breast Cancer Trials for 0.4 FTE for a 12-month term.

    The Medical Oncology Clinical Trial Fellow at the Calvary Mater Newcastle will join one of the busiest clinical trial units in New South Wales.  The unit has more than 60 actively recruiting clinical trials spanning Phase I to III trials in numerous tumour streams, including Breast, GI, GU, H&N, lung, CNS, Gynae, skin and melanoma. The role will support the clinical trial activities of the Medical Oncology Department through close interaction with treating staff specialists, clinical trial coordinators, sponsor representatives, and nursing.

    You will be based part-time at the Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) operations office in the CBD of Newcastle. BCT currently has 6 open trials and many more in follow-up. You will contribute to, and gain valuable insights into, the conduct of multi-centre clinical trials research. You will support the BCT Clinical Trials Department in its goal to contribute to the eradication of suffering from breast cancer by ensuring high quality research for the prevention and treatment of all stages of breast cancer in accordance with the objectives of BCT.

    Additional opportunities for the professional development of fellows include undertaking clinical research projects, preparation of publications, and participation in local and regional cancer research committees. There are also local opportunities for post graduate studies, including PhD and Master of Clinical Epidemiology through the Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle. Fellows who have received RACP Fellowship may participate in the provision of independent general Medical Oncology services under the supervision of a clinical mentor as part of transitioning to unsupervised consultant practice.

  • Key Resposibilities

    • Participate in innovative research, clinical trials and training programs.
    • Lead and execute investigator led research projects.
    • Establish, manage and maintain key internal and external stakeholder relationships.
    • Provide supervision and training to medical staff and nursing staff.
    • Operate in a multidisciplinary environment.
    • Support Breast Cancer Trials in the conduct of high-quality clinical trials.
  • What You Bring

    • A primary medical degree registerable with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
    • Eligibility for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and/or equivalent specialist recognition within the next 12 months.
    • Clinical inpatient and outpatient experience in Medical Oncology.
    • Analytical and problem-solving skills with sound time-management skills and good attention to detail.
  • Why Work With Us?

    As an employee of Breast Cancer Trials, salary packaging benefits are available. BCT offer generous employment conditions including flexible work arrangements, generous leave provisions, personal insurances and professional development.

    With over 130 years’ experience and 18,000 staff and volunteers, the Calvary Mater team offer an inclusive and welcoming culture where you are valued, drawing on your own strengths, identity and background alongside a team of professionals who care for our patients, residents and clients.

    Your benefits:

    • NFP salary packaging benefits, discounted health insurance and gym memberships
    • Paid parental leave
    • Training, development pathways and career opportunities
      Flexible hours that make sense for you
  • About Us

    BCT is a group of world-leading breast cancer doctors and researchers based in Australia and New Zealand with a commitment to exploring and finding better treatments for people affected by breast cancer through clinical trials research. Founded in 1978, BCT conducts a multicentre national and international clinical trials research program which involves more than 835 researchers in 109 institutions across Australia and New Zealand. More than 16,830 people have participated in BCT’s clinical trials.

    Calvary Mater Newcastle (CMN) is a public hospital in Newcastle, NSW and is the major cancer care centre for the Hunter New England Local Health District. CMN provides an Emergency Department, an Intensive Care Unit, a range of medical and surgical services and extensive palliative care services. CMN is also home to our world-renowned research facility. Our patients enjoy a redeveloped modern, light and airy environment, surrounded by well-maintained gardens. For more details visit https://www.calvarycare.org.au.

    Newcastle is located 2 hours’ drive north of Sydney, with an international airport servicing the rest of the country 20minutes outside the city centre.  Newcastle offers the best of regional lifestyle with eye wateringly beautiful beaches on the doorstep and an easy drive to the renowned Hunter Valley vineyards, as well as the convenience of Metropolitan life being the largest non-capital city in Australia.

  • Further Information

    For further information please contact:

    Dr James Lynam – Head of Department – Medical Oncology Ph: 02 401 43574 or E: james.lynam@calvarymater.org.au.

    Dr Nick Zdenkowski – Medical Advisor – Breast Cancer Trials Ph: 02 4925 5255 or E: nick.zdenkowski@newcastle.edu.au

    Please note the following:

    • Only Applicants who have provided written responses demonstrating ability to meet the selection criteria will be considered. 
    • Calvary does not accept unsolicited resumes or appreciate unsolicited calls from recruitment agencies. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    • As part of the application process, you will be required to complete pre-employment checks which may include, but is not limited to reference checks, work rights, criminal history check, WWCC checks, and a health evaluation to ensure suitability for the role.
    • You will be required to provide evidence of immunisation as required for your role including COVID-19, influenza, tuberculosis screening, hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, and varicella. 

    Please click here to complete an application. 

    Applications close June 4 2023.

Application Process

Before applying for a position, you should read the Position Description for the vacancy.

To ensure your application is considered and reviewed by the panel, your application must include the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing the Knowledge, Skills and Experience (essential criteria) listed in the Position Description.
  2. A concise resume with all relevant employment details (including dates of employment) and experience. No more than five pages.
  3. Copies of relevant university transcripts or other relevant qualifications.

At BCT, we value diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace for all people. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, people of all ages, identity and abilities.  We support vaccination as the best way to keep our communities and employees safe from COVID-19. Employees must maintain vaccination against COVID-19 in accordance with BCT’s vaccination policy.

You must already have the right to work in Australia to apply for any positions with Breast Cancer Trials. Please provide evidence of this with your application if you are not naturally an Australian citizen. A Police Check is also a condition of employment with BCT.



To enquire about positions available at Breast Cancer Trials or if you have a question about the application process, please send us an email.


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