Research Project Officer

St Leonards, Australia
$84K p.a plus superannuation
03 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Fantastic opportunity to be a part of The Brain Cancer Group laboratory within the Bill Walsh Translational Cancer Research Laboratory
  • Located at the Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital based at St Leonards
  • Fixed Term, full time for 12 months with possible extension up to 2 years and base salary $84K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for a dynamic Project Officer to join the team at Pre-clinical Pipeline for Cancer Therapeutics (PACT) based at the Kolling Institute for Medical Research situated in St Leonards.

Under the PACT Director/Laboratory Research Director you will be responsible for providing project management and technical expertise for the establishment, implementation and operation of a collaborative Pre-clinical Pipeline for Cancer Therapeutics (PACT) for brain cancer research.

You will also be responsible for

  1. documentation of methods and procedures, service descriptions, templates and costings.
  2. establishing and coordinating the tasks and activities in order to meet established milestones and deliverables and ensure effective collaboration with the stakeholders.
  3. Some of the tasks would include the design, costing, approvals, deliverables and timelines for pre-clinical experiments and activities include co-ordinating the undertaking of these experiments.

The position will establish a specialized and high-quality brain cancer pre-clinical pipeline for testing novel cancer therapeutics that can then be readily and collaboratively accessed by brain cancer researchers internally and externally. Existing pre-clinical infrastructure and modelling expertise will be utilised to establish a collaborative Pre-clinical pipeline for Advancing Cancer Therapeutics (PACT). PACT will include brain cancer models, treatments, design, approvals, testing and collection of required specimens for downstream analysis. This position will formalize and document all the procedures required to access and use the pipeline.  This position will implement PACT, supervise a Research Assistant to assist with PACT activities and the establishment and characterisation of additional research models and tools to showcase and expand the brain cancer PACT capabilities. While the focus and priority of this position is brain cancer, other cancer models may also be accommodated and utilized.   

You will also be responsible for a Research Assistant that directly reports into this position.

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 Project Officer in Research who:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as medicine, cancer, laboratory medicine, molecular biology or PhD (awarded or submitted pending award)
  • demonstrated experience and skills in laboratory research, small animal(rodent) handling, husbandry and experimentation
  • demonstrated experience with the preparation and understanding of animal ethics and other related protocols, their approval and reporting
  • excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office) for the preparation of documents, records, communications and presentations, coupled with a general understanding of the project life cycle, project documentation, project standards and methodologies
  • excellent scientific communication skills including writing of manuscripts and funding applications and oral scientific presentations

The ideal candidate will have a keen eye to detail and will be highly organized. Planning and analysis skills together with the ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands will be highly regarded.

About us

More about the Northern Clinical School and the Kolling Institute can be read here

This position is funded by the Mark Hughes Foundation, a charitable organisation based at Hunter Medical Research Institute that raises funds for brain cancer research. The position is newly created and be based in The Brain Cancer Group (TBCG) laboratory within the Bill Walsh Translational Cancer Research Laboratory at the Kolling Institute, Northern Clinical School.

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.

How to apply

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 988/0519F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised 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 and click on Police Checks.

Closing date: 11:30pm 16 June 2019

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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