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  • Fantastic opportunity to support research activities in healthy ageing and dementia
  • Full-time fixed term opportunity for 3 years with flexibility to work part time
  • Base salary $90K pro rata excluding annual leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity
Sydney Nursing School belongs to a research intensive university and sits within the University of Sydney’s Division of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, enabling both staff and students to experience the multiple aspects of the Australian health care system within a global context.

One of Sydney Nursing School’s Research streams is chronic disease and ageing, and Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, the Susan and Isaac Wakil Chair of Healthy Ageing, takes leadership in this stream.
The program of research focuses on improving the quality of life of persons with dementia through person-centred care, building capacity of the aged care workforce, bettering measures of quality and outcomes in dementia and aged care, understanding the experiences of older people with chronic illness, and developing and establishing evidence for new models of care and translating evidence into practice in the care of older people.

Reporting to Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, the Senior Research Officer will provide high level project management knowledge and expertise to the Chief Investigator, Senior Research Academics and the research team to support the clinical trial requirements for the work area. Project management activities include working on a large-scale intervention trial procedures, setting up and organising research sites (with some supervision), archiving documents and correspondence. The Senior Research Officer will be responsible for the leadership, development and implementation of a research governance framework in accordance with University policy, ethical principles, guidelines for the responsible conduct of clinical research and current legislative and regulatory requirements.

The Senior Research Officer will also provide leadership, advice and support to Chief Investigators and clinical research staff in all aspects of the clinical research process, including protocol development, ethics and regulatory authority applications, financial management and resourcing, data management and study initiation, supervising trial supplies and organising/ attending investigator meetings.

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 has:

  • completed tertiary qualifications in an appropriate discipline with relevant experience in the related therapeutic field. Postgraduate qualification in nursing, health sciences, public health, life sciences or medical sciences
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, research design, ethics submissions, grant applications, writing reports and performing site visits
  • experience managing, planning, monitoring and executing research programs within an academic environment, to the highest ethical and scientific standards
  • a demonstrated understanding of the legislation, codes and guidelines relevant to clinical research ethics. In particular, the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, the relevant privacy acts and guidelines in the use of medical devices in human research
  • a demonstrated understanding of contractual arrangements for clinical trial
  • some demonstrated experience in project management and organisational skills, with the ability to work according to strict deadlines, successfully prioritise and manage competing issues to meet deadlines; use initiative; exercise sound judgement; and use a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • the ability to work both independently and in a fast-paced team environment using excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; as well as sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • experience with electronic data management and analysis programs (such as SPSS, SAS, NVivo) and research databases (such as REDcap is desirable) as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • numeracy skills with experience in managing income/expenditure for reconciliation/budget tracking, and managing invoice payments and purchases
  • previous experience in managing and coordinating the appointment of project support staff, preparing position descriptions that accurately scope role requirements, and engaging with HR to complete hiring and appointment processes in line with University policy and practice
  • a genuine passion for and interest in aged care and dementia.

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.

Closing date: 11:30pm 19 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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