First listed on: 14 September 2017

Senior Research Officer 

Faculty of Medicine
Northern Clinical School
Reference no. 1793/0817

  • Support project research activities in the management of joint, muscles and bone diseases
  • Located at Royal Northshore Hospital
  • Full-time fixed term position for 12 months. Remuneration package: $106K which includes leaving loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Institute of Bone and Joint Research (IBJR) provides the very best facilities for scientists and clinicians, enabling them to unravel the complexities of the musculoskeletal system and improve the quality of life

and burden of bone and joint disorders, which represent today's most common form of suffering. The IBJR is developing the Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC) as an extension of its research vision.

The A3BC is an exciting, ground-breaking new project promising a national network of sophisticated biobanks and related database and analytics capabilities. The ultimate goal of the A3BC is to help people living with arthritis and autoimmune disease - over 6 million men, women and children across Australia - to understand the answers to important questions such as: What caused my disease? What is my future? What is the best treatment for me? What is the cure? The A3BC will answer these questions by combining research into the biological causes and clinical consequences of these diseases, with a broad range of patient and population health datasets, to generate innovative discoveries for improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

You could be part of this landmark project and a committed, passionate team. Reporting to the Project Lead, you will provide support to the A3BC by coordinating the implementation and delivery of a broad range of activities and tasks in order to meet established milestones and deliverables.  You will be responsible for supporting multiple work streams and national stakeholders, including project planning and effective communication between research members and other stakeholders. The position is based in Sydney but there will be an expectation to travel to interstate sites periodically.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Senior Research Officer who:

  • possesses demonstrated experience in developing project plans and implementing projects through their entire life cycle especially in a health/medical environment
  • has completed postgraduate qualifications in a health related discipline and a combination of experience in research, projects and evaluation
  • can provide project management and administration support and coordination including record keeping, logistics, dairy management, developing and implementing process improvements, reporting on project deliverables and milestones
  • has previous experience supporting the lifecycle of the grant application and ethics submission process
  • has strong numeracy skills including extensive experience monitoring and managing budgets as well as coordinating financial reports
  • has the ability to deliver on multiple project streams, whilst having highly developed organisational and prioritising skills
  • has demonstrated experience coordinating the successful participant recruitment process in accordance with identified timelines
  • has advanced computer literacy skills
  • has effective communication skills including the ability to build and maintain relationships with a varying degree of stakeholders
  • has previous experience solving complex conceptual problems and making recommendations based on analysis - autonomously and in collaboration with team members
  • knowledge of policy guidelines within the University environment as well as relevant NHMRC and ARC regulations will be an added advantage.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position


As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements.

This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

To undertake this position the successful applicant will need to complete a police/criminal check.  

Closing date: 5pm 2 October 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


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