Research Project Manager, Liver Cancer Research MRFF Grant

Sydney, Australia
17 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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

Employment Type: Full-time (35 hour week)
Duration: 12 month Fixed Term role with the possibility of extension
Remuneration: $111,044 - $125,115 (plus 17% superannuation and leave loading)
Location: St George & Sutherland Clinical Campus, UNSW, Kogarah, NSW

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The Liver Cancer Research Group at the Microbiome Research Centre (MRC), St George and Sutherland Clinical Campus, UNSW Medicine & Health has been awarded a large grant for the study of microbial based biomarkers for early detection of liver cancer. The research program will be established in 2022, for a period of 4 years. It is multi-site consortium composed of teams across NSW, Melbourne, and Queensland. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with UNSW, the Centenary Institute (Sydney), The Alfred Hospital (Melbourne), CSIRO, Murdoch University (Western Australia) and Micronoma (USA).

Why your role matters

The research program aims to:

  • Use cross sectional cohorts to refine and validate an HCC specific microbiome derived metabolomic/cytokine biomarker-based model, with high sensitivity and specificity to increase early diagnosis of liver cancer
  • Use longitudinal repository studies to validate the performance of a microbiome-derived metabolomic/cytokine biomarker-based model in enabling the early detection of liver cancer, in patients with liver cirrhosis
  • Use longitudinal data to develop and validate the performance of microbiome-derived metabolomic/cytokine biomarkers-based models, for individual liver cancer risk stratification, such that high-risk groups may be identified for more intense surveillance
  • Determine the cost effectiveness of microbiome-derived metabolomic/cytokine biomarkers-based models, compared with standard practice, utilising the effectiveness primary outcome of improved survival rates

As the Research Project Manager, you will work with the principal investigators and steering committee to implement and manage the program. Reporting to the Principal investigator, you will provide general management of all operational aspects of the research program, including planning, budgeting, and delivery of outcomes to meet the program’s key performance indicators. Drawing on your expertise in research and management, you will play an active role in setting priorities for the program, liaising with key stakeholders, and coordinating the research (study and design, ethics approvals, managing the research team). The Research Project Manager will report on the progress of the program to the Chief Investigator and external funding bodies and collaborate with clinical and research professionals to achieve the goals of the program.

The role reports to the Head of the Liver Group and has no direct reports. This position will be based at the St George & Sutherland Clinical Campus, St George Hospital, Kogarah but may require travel to other participating sites, schools or centres within NSW and interstate. Please see the attached for full details.

Who you are

  • Postgraduate qualifications in a health science related field and/or management, or similar related qualifications and experience.
  • Previous experience working in a clinical environment in the public sector of health care or biomedical research setting with experience or knowledge of laboratory, translational or clinical cancer research.
  • Proven project management experience, with an in-depth understanding of the project life cycle and strategic development of project plans, objectives and documentation including budgeting and resource allocation.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail for deliverables produced.
  • Demonstrated success working effectively and collaboratively on initiatives with a range of people at different levels within an organisation and with key external stakeholders.
  • High level of experience working with a range of computer systems and applications, including Microsoft and cloud-based applications
  • Excellent time management skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines by using judgement and initiative.
  • 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 and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Contact (For job related queries only):

Associate Professor Amany Zekry


Applications close: 11 pm, 15th February 2022

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