Associate Director, Research Ethics

Melbourne, Australia
11 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Work type: Continuing
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Chief Operating Officer (COO) Portfolio
Department/School: Research Innovation and Commercialisation
Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Full time - 17% super

About Chief Operating Operator Portfolio

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) Portfolio is responsible for the University’s budget and financial performance, and the management of its property and capital.  It also delivers efficient and effective shared services in support of all aspects of the University’s business.

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) is the central facilitator of research funding at the University of Melbourne, taking advantage of the full diversity of research funding opportunities.

RIC provides services in four core areas, all of which overlap and are delivered in an integrated manner to researchers and research partners. The Office of Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI) forms one of the core areas and provides expert advice, guidance and training to facilitate the ethical and responsible conduct of research. OREI partners with academic divisions and Chancellery to support seven key areas of governance and oversight: research integrity, human research ethics, animal ethics, gene technology, biorisk management, animal welfare and export controls.

About the role

The Associate Director Ethics role is a new position created to lead and manage the animal ethics and human ethics functions with the Director, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI), at the University of Melbourne. Working closely with the Director, this position will oversee the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of animal and human research ethics as a shared service. The aim of this service is to ensure the University’s commitment to the responsible conduct of research is effectively supported. The shared service represents a change in the delivery of ethics support, education and review. Key functions of the new service will include dedicated expert teams to support a) peer review and committee review; b) education and training; and c) monitoring, audit, and assurance services. In addition to providing outstanding leadership to the teams, the incumbent will proactively develop and implement innovative approaches to performance analysis and reporting and strategies to ensure a focus on service excellence and continuous improvement in service delivery.

The incumbent will develop and maintain close working relationships with stakeholders in the central research portfolios and within faculties, as well as those external to the University.  They will consult widely with the University of Melbourne research community to achieve high client satisfaction, work collaboratively with other support functions in the research portfolio, and effectively lead and manage staff resources.

Their leadership and management will build and enhance the functions capacity to support educational programs and build capability in the ethics team and beyond.

About you

Together with a postgraduate qualification, you must have experience working within a large, complex organisation and change environment. You will be highly skilled at developing actionable and pragmatic solutions for risk management, policy and process; have very well developed leadership skills and an ability to communicate with influence; be proactive in building and managing relationships with a range of stakeholders as well as a creative problem-solver and independent thinker; and be able to exercise initiative and judgement.


In return, this role offers multiple benefits in a large and prestigious organisation, such as a Salary Packaging scheme, flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions and a substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne, just to name a few.

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On offer is a generous salary, an annual leave loading allowance and the choice of 17% superannuation.


The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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Position Description

Download File Position Description - Associate Director Research Ethics FINAL.pdf

Applications close: 27 Oct 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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