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Project Officer – biomedical database and research resource

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support

  • Communications focus –significant stakeholder engagement
  • 2-year fixed term contract, potential for extension
  • $88,782 – 105,395 + 17% super + leave loading 

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Head of the Biological Resources Imaging Lab (BRIL), you will work with the UNSW Biorepository Manager and key stakeholders to engage with a wider group of researchers within the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct to deliver a comprehensive biorepository and biobanking service. The Project Officer will also liaise with the NSW State-wide Biobank, NSW Health Pathology and other institutions to ensure a coordinated approach and adoption of best practice for projects involving collection and use of biospecimens in research.

The Organisation

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.  We aspire to be Australia’s global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society.

UNSW is providing a coordinated, centrally managed biobanking service for researchers across UNSW and its affiliated research institutes, ensuring a high level of standardised processes around all biobanking activities including patient consent, specimen collection, data linkage and research governance, ensuring that UNSW continues to function as a leader in research employing biospecimens. The project is a priority for the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct supporting translational researchers in diverse areas and  offers the opportunity to work with multiple stakeholders across the precinct.

About the successful applicant:

You have a relevant degree and project management experience in a biomedical research environment, as well as: -

  • Experience in working with human biospecimens for research purposes.
  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality, exercise good judgement in managing sensitive and confidential material such as patient health information.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a proven ability to develop and sustain relationships and to work collaboratively and effectively with staff and stakeholders at all levels.
  • A strong work ethic and initiative, commitment to continuous improvement, openness to new ideas and creative approaches to problem solving in complex settings with a focus on delivering outcomes.
  • Project experience, with an understanding of the project life cycle and development of project plans, objectives and documentation.
  • Highly developed organisational and time management skills, with proven attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities particularly, in a biomedical environment, and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Level 7 (in addition to Level 6)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of biobanking standards, requirements and practices, including the ethical requirements for use of human samples for research such as the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, ISBER Best Practice Guidelines.
  • Demonstrated experience with biobanking activities including an understanding of requirements for patient consent; biospecimen collection, processing, and annotation; database management; specimen storage and distribution to researchers.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and advise on policies, systems and procedures relevant to biobanking and associated data management.

To apply:  If supporting world-class research is of interest to you, please submit your Cover Letter, CV and Responses to Skills and Experience (nominated in the Position Description).


Shiree Thomas

Talent Acquisition Consultant


T: 02 9065 7058

Applications close: 11:55pm, Sunday 16th May 2021

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).


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