Professor and Director, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

Sydney, Australia
02 Apr 2020
End of advertisement period
02 May 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Reference no. 1735/0819F

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 8,100 permanent staff supporting over 73,000 students.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is the largest faculty in the University, and contains seven academic schools: Sydney Medical School, Sydney Dental School, Sydney School of Health Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, Sydney Nursing School, Sydney Pharmacy School and Sydney School of Public Health.

Established in 1988, the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre is a leading centre within the faculty and the premier centre for clinical trials of the University. It is a global leader in clinical trials, impacting future health practice and policy. The centre is also a leader in research excellence, how trials are undertaken, and the translation of research into clinical practice.

The centre has run over 200 clinical trials involving more than 80,000 patients. The centre works collaboratively to design and run trials with five of the 13 national cancer cooperative groups in Australia, and a broad and impressive range of other national and international collaborators. The centre also has a proud history of supporting and running practice changing trials in a broad range of disease areas, including major studies in cardiovascular disease and neonatal medicine. The centre has over 220 academic and professional staff and students with expertise in all aspects of trial design, statistics, data management, and health economics.

We are seeking to appoint a distinguished academic at the level of Professor as Director, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, to build on the achievements of the founding Director. The Director will be responsible for leading, planning, setting and communicating the academic and operational vision, strategies and goals of the centre, in overall alignment with the faculty and University’s vision and strategy, and for achieving them. The Director is a full-time senior management position within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, and in addition to having an in-depth knowledge of the scientific and methodological principles of clinical trials research, the successful candidate is expected to have very strong leadership, networking and management skills. The position has overall accountability for setting and meeting the centre’s strategic and operational objectives. It is responsible for the centre’s research performance outcomes, external and community engagement, and the workplace culture. It has formal financial and people delegations and is responsible for effective decision making to ensure financial sustainability and attracting, developing and retaining talented staff.

The successful applicant must have a wide network of established relationships with key community, academic, government and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the centre, and the faculty and University more broadly.

Term and remuneration

The position is offered on a fixed-term basis for 5 years, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.


The University has engaged executive search firm Odgers Berndtson to assist with this appointment. All enquiries should be directed in confidence to: Dr Dennis Feeney, Partner, Odgers and Berndtson on +61 2 8905 3722 or by email at

The position will remain open until successfully filled.

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.

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

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