First listed on: 10 August 2018

Senior Research Coordinator - Lifehouse & Garvan

At Garvan, our research is focused upon understanding the role of genes and molecular and cellular processes in health and disease as the basis for developing future preventions, treatments and cures. Our scientists are researchers who work towards making significant breakthroughs in scientific discovery to positively impact human health. The Genetic Cancer Risk Group encompasses several cohort studies investigating the heritable aspects of cancer and clinical risk management in the genomic era.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Senior Research Coordinator with strong organisational skills who will be responsible for coordinating the participation of individuals in the Genetic Cancer Risk in the Young Study and the Molecular Screening and Therapeutics Program and associated projects. The position will be located at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse 80% of the time and the Garvan Institute 20% of the time. The role will be offered full-time for 1 year in the first instance.

Reporting to Mandy Ballinger, Group Leader of Genetic Cancer Risk, the key responsibilities are:

  • Explain the research projects and obtain informed consent
  • Arrange appointments with study participants
  • Provide general information about the projects
  • Administer research questionnaires using professional interview techniques
  • Coordinate blood collections and liaise with pathology services to obtain tumour samples, coordinate sample transfer and storage
  • Collect clinical data and perform data entry
  • Follow up with family members eligible for participation
  • Verify participant reported information using established mechanisms
  • Coordinate all aspects of study participation in a well-organised manner
  • Prepare ethics applications and annual reports
  • Ensure data security is maintained to protect patient records, both physically and electronically
  • Assist with coordination and administration of associated projects

About You

You will possess the following key skills and qualifications:


  • An appropriate science, genetic counselling, psychology or related degree, or equivalent
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed administrative abilities
  • A strong commitment to quality
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Sensitivity to patients privacy and needs
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Consistent interpretation of data


  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Clinical experience
  • Knowledge and/or experience with database systems and records management

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites/channels will unfortunately not be considered.

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

Only applicants with working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.

Closing Date

The position will remain open until 24 August 2018. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.

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