First listed on: 06 June 2022

Assistant Animal Research Ethics Co-ordinator (ACDP)


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have an interest in animal research ethics and passion for supporting good research practice?
  • Part-time opportunity (2.5 days per week) - work/life balance! 
  • Support the provision of advice to research staff regarding ethics review and monitoring processes

CSIRO are looking to engage a qualitied Assistant Research Ethics Coordinator for a part-time, 3-year specified term role based at our Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) site in Geelong. The Assistant Research Ethics Coordinator (ACDP) provides administrative and other support to the Animal Research Ethics Coordinators of CSIRO’s ACDP Animal Ethics Committee and CSIRO staff regarding the ethical review and approval processes for research at CSIRO. This role will work closely with the Animal Research Ethics Coordinators, Animal Welfare Officer, Animal Ethics Team Leader and Executive Manager Social Responsibility & Ethics.

This role has the potential to require occasional interstate travel, including overnight stays. The successful applicant will be required to work a total of 36.75 hours across the fortnight, or 2.5 days per week. A conversation regarding flexible working arrangements will be had at the interview stage for this position. 

Your duties will include:

  • Providing administrative support for the maintenance of comprehensive ethics records (including ethics databases) to ensure compliance with NHMRC guidelines, relevant legislation, and CSIRO policies.
  • Supporting the provision of advice to research staff regarding ethics review and monitoring processes, and the development and submission of ethics applications. 
  • Working with Animal Research Ethics Coordinators (ACDP) to administer project monitoring and compliance activities.
  • Supporting the administration of committee meetings including preparation of draft agendas and minutes, catering, external visitor arrangements, annual reports, and payment of sitting fees.   
  • Supporting Research Ethics Coordinators, Committee Chairs and Committee Members in their review of ethics applications and helping to ensure effective feedback to individual applicants within agreed timeframes for review. 
  • Assisting with the collection of activity data and preparation of reports to meet licencing requirements of CSIRO’s ethics committees. 
  • Assisting with the development of communication and other resources to promote training programs and ethical research practice within CSIRO.
  • Working effectively and collaboratively with colleagues within the Ethics Team and across CSIRO to support the implementation of ethics related policies and procedures, organisational and team objectives.

Location: Geelong, VIC
Salary: AU$87k - AU$98k pa (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years on a part-time basis (36.75 hours per fortnight)
Reference: 85309

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in the field of biological or veterinary science, and/or equivalent experience in a research environment.
  • The ability to effectively interpret policies, procedures, and guidelines in order to provide clear and consistent advice and support to staff on organisational requirements and ethics review processes. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to convey information and ideas clearly and succinctly to individuals and groups. 
  • Demonstrated ability to professionally handle sensitive and confidential information and use appropriate judgment and discretion. 
  • Problem-solving skills and adaptability, with a demonstrated ability to manage competing demands, deal with ambiguity, establish priorities, organise tasks and meet deadlines.  
  • The ability to work effectively and respectfully in a team environment, collaborate widely both internally and externally, and establish effective interpersonal relationships with a wide variety of people. 
  • Demonstrated high level of proficiency in Microsoft applications including Teams, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook, to manage workflow processes and record keeping. 

In addition, candidates with the following experience will be considered highly desirable:

  • An understanding of animal research ethics principles and relevant state and national requirements, and the application of these principles to research.
  • An understanding of scientific research methods used in animal research and the use of these methods in a variety of settings.
  • Experience working with animal ethics committees in Australia.

For full details about this role, please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements for working at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) site at Geelong.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

26 June 2022, 11:00pm AEDT.

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