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Senior Research Support Officer

Concord, Australia
$95,860 - $113,992 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
5 May 2024

Job Details

  • 0.8 FTE to 1.0 FTE Fixed Term Contract for 3 years (with a possible extension of 2 more years on the contract)
  • New and exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Support Officer to join the Translational Neuroimmunology Group at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
  • Works across two sites within the premises - the Department of Neurology at Concord Hospital and the Kids Neuroscience Centre at the Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Base Salary for HEO Level 6 ($95,860- $103,341) and HEO Level 7 ($104,633- $113,992) + 17% superannuation - (with the final position offered based on the selected applicant's track record and expertise)

About the opportunity

Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH, or Concord) is proud of its healthcare service excellence and leadership in clinical care. Concord is part of a network of hospitals and healthcare services within Sydney Local Health District. Since its establishment as the 113th Australian General Hospital in 1941, Concord has built on its strengths of providing quality health services to returned servicemen and women and local communities, as well as undertaking world class clinical education and research.

The Kids Neuroscience Centre is a flagship laboratory and clinical research centre driving innovative research in neuroimmunology, neurogenetics and neuroscience. It is located at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. This precinct provides quality care and clinical services to 90,000 children each year. It is the largest paediatric centre in NSW and provides tertiary care for children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific.

The University of Sydney is seeking to employ a Senior Research Support Officer to manage a research program funded by Category 1 NHMRC/MRFF funds led by Chief Investigator Associate Professor Sudarshini Ramanathan, who leads an exciting research program and heads the Translational Neuroimmunoloy Group at the University of Sydney.

In this role, you will play a key role in providing research support and clinical trial knowledge and expertise to the research program. You will operate within the Department of Neurology at Concord Hospital and the Kids Neuroscience Centre at the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Work under the guidance of the group leader of the Translational Neuroimmunology Group, while demonstrating a strong capability for autonomous work and problem-solving.
  • Facilitate the successful commencement, progress and completion of clinical trials in autoimmune neurology.
  • Lead research database set up and management, data input and data analysis, coordination of biospecimen collection and biobanking.
  • Assist with the preparation, submission and execution of ethics and grant applications, ensuring all requirements and reporting measures are satisfied.
  • Assist with the administration of executing clinical trials and grants, collaborative research agreements between clinical sites and research institutions, and budget and compliance monitoring.
  • Assist in the quality activities for clinical trials, patient recruitment, operational support, data and sample collection, safety, regulatory timelines, patient follow-ups and efficient delivery of research.
  • Liaise with patients and potential trial participants for consent, facilitate study recruitment, enable data entry and patient follow-up.
  • Directly maintain a productive working relation with all research staff and indirectly with investigators, Clinical Research sites, Clinical Research Coordinators as well as trial sponsors, in order to achieve successful national and international clinical trial outcomes.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations related to clinical trials.
  • Enable the successful set up, progression and completion of research projects and publications, and dissemination of research output on behalf of the Translational Neuroimmunology Group.
  • Perform work activities relevant to the role's key accountabilities as approved by the Chief Investigator.

About you

  • A minimum of 2 years of previous experience in a clinical setting is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with electronic data capture systems (such as RedCAP), Endnote files, electronic medical records (EMR) and databases.
  • Previous experience working on clinical projects within an academic, CRO or pharmaceutical environment, include exposure to, and experience in participant engagement, writing reports within predetermined timeframes and detection and reporting of protocol deviations.
  • Understanding of research protocols, as well as the capability to complete ethics submissions and grant applications.
  • Documented ability to screen, recruit, enroll, and follow patients in clinical trials.
  • A demonstrated ability to efficiently manage complex multisite coordination and engagement.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing initial submissions to ethics and regulatory committees, including negotiating site contracts and budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently conduct all clinical site activities according to the monitoring plan and in accordance with the study timelines.
  • A sound knowledge and understanding of regulations governing clinical research, ICH/GCP Guidelines and applicable regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to act as a central point of contact at investigator meetings and site visits; manage all aspects of the clinical monitoring process.
  • The ability to build and develop relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Experience in patient recruitment and clinical trials with a proven ability to excel in communicating with participants.

Note: Please be advised that the interviews for this role will be conducted mid of May. All shortlisted candidates will be notified by the recruiter of the next step.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

As this position is located on an NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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Full-time employees: 7616

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