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Research Fellow (Law and Genomics Health)

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Academic Discipline
Law, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job no: 0060568
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Melbourne Law School
Salary: Level A/B – $80,258 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super


LINEAGE ( is an ambitious 5-year study (2022-2027) funded by the Medical Research Future Fund that brings together bioethics scholars, legal academics, social scientists, clinical geneticists, genomic scientists, patients, First Nations Scholars and others across multiple universities and partner organisations. It will generate knowledge to enable more effective and sustainable creation, implementation, and use of clinical and genomic datasets in Australia. It is undertaking transdisciplinary research to address emerging ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) in such datasets and clarify how to govern them effectively and responsibly. 

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced post-doctoral researcher to undertake one or more scoping reviews. First, they will synthesise the existing scholarship and regulation on the emerging ELSI issues identified (and their underlying concepts and principles), and identify gaps and overlap. Second, they will consider how the identified emerging ethical, legal and social issues in governance of clinical and genomic datasets may be addressed from the legal perspective.

Working with colleagues across the LINEAGE consortium, the researcher will support the formulation of an interdisciplinary stance on the identified issues and how this might be articulated in governance. They will flag issues that may be difficult to resolve, and for which reform of law or regulation may be needed. This will provide the foundation for governance solutions and the framework.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Synthesising the existing scholarship and regulation on the emerging ELSI issues identified (and their underlying concepts and principles), and identify gaps and overlap
  • Analysing and describing how emerging ELSI in governance of clinical and genomic datasets may be addressed from the legal perspective
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues across LINEAGE and actively participating in relevant meetings

Who We Are Looking For

You should possess a solid understanding and knowledge of Australian health law and privacy law, specifically their application to genomics in healthcare. Additionally, a proven record of academic research, demonstrated by scholarly activities resulting in publications in refereed journals or other outputs, is essential. For Level B candidates, a strong track record of original and independent research, evidenced by contributions to peer-reviewed journals, is crucial. Moreover, demonstrated experience working collaboratively within interdisciplinary teams is required.

You will also have:

  • A PhD awarded in a relevant field or equivalent qualification;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under limited supervision;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and capacity to work constructively and collaboratively and the ability to build rapport with all levels of staff within a diverse work environment.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School is Australia's first all-graduate law faculty. Melbourne Law School was the first faculty in Australia to teach law, and awarded this country's first law degrees. The Law School is now fully graduate with its Juris Doctor for admission to practice recognised as a high level qualification in Australia and beyond. Coupled with the unrivalled excellence of the Melbourne Law Masters and its excellent Research Higher Degree programs, the Law School offers a unique opportunity for the integration of scholarship and teaching.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 5 December 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: Download File 0060568_Research Fellow_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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