Senior Research Officer

Sydney, Australia
19 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Psychology/Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG)

Faculty of Science

Reference no. 409/0220F

  • Opportunity to be part of the operational and research functions for the Psycho-oncology Collaborative Research Group (PoCoG)
  • Located in Camperdown at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.
  • Full-time, 9 month fixed-term contract. Base salary: $93K - $102K p.a. (Level 7) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

As Senior Research Officer you will provide analysis skills and project management support to the Chief Investigator and collaborate with academics and research professionals to support the research functions involved in execution of the PiGeOn Project: Psychosocial issues in Genomic Oncology. This includes contributing to research activities, undertaking critical aspects of research work including qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation, organising investigator meetings and contributing to executive group discussions. You will collate and record research data, draw insight and analysis, report information from the research undertaken and may work with the Chief Investigator and/or Senior Academics to source grant funding.

The PiGeOn Project is an NHMRC funded research project examining the psychosocial, behavioural and ethical implications of genomic testing in cancer, overseen by the Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group.

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 with the following:

  • tertiary qualifications in appropriate discipline with relevant experience in related field. May have (or be working towards) completing further studies such as PhD or have extensive specialist experience in the field of research.
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise work, sometimes under pressure, with competing priorities and sometimes limited supervision
  • financial management experience and literacy, experience managing budgets and controlling income and expenditure
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation (including Safe Laboratory Practices for roles based in Laboratory)
  • knowledge of the Higher Education Research Data Collection and ethics reporting requirements

About us

Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) is one of 13 national co-operative cancer clinical trials groups, with a mandate from Cancer Australia to increase collaboration and innovation in psycho-oncology research. Our aim is to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer by developing and facilitating high quality, collaborative and clinically relevant research focussed on optimising psychosocial and supportive care. PoCoG has a membership of over 1200 researchers, clinicians, consumers and students from across Australia, New Zealand and internationally, working and studying in the area of psycho-oncology.

PoCoG is a national body that serves a broad community of psycho-oncology researchers across Australia. PoCoG is a research centre of the University of Sydney based at Lifehouse and the operational centre is located within the School of Psychology. All PoCoG staff are employees of the University of Sydney.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 position description 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 409/0220F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 01 April 2020 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.