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Research Ethics Officer

Lismore, Australia
$126,673 including 17% super
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Job Type
Research Related, Research Support
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

  • Together we are shaping a better future. We are transforming tomorrow
  • Full-time, continuing opportunity at our Lismore campus
  • Remuneration up to $126,673 including 17% super

About us

Southern Cross University is a dynamic, ambitious institution focused on its purpose of changing lives through revolutionary learning and research with real impact. Our game changing Southern Cross Model brings a deeper learning experience, improving individual student outcomes, quality of life and a better way to learn. Our world-ranked research is driving positive impact for our communities, environment and economy.

Working at Southern Cross University combines a rare combination of being surrounded by ambitious students, dedicated colleagues and an environment of stunning natural beauty. We are leaders in our communities in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast and pride ourselves on helping shape a better tomorrow.

About the opportunity

The Office of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor drives the development of the University’s research strategy and is responsible for enhancing the University’s research, researcher development, research ethics, communication of research impact and research innovation profile as well as the creation, support and advancement of local, national and international research collaborations and partnerships.

The Research Ethics Officer is responsible for the internal management of research ethics policies and procedures, providing expert advice to the University about its obligations and responsibilities concerning the conduct of research and teaching involving human participants in research and teaching, and research integrity. Core responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic advice and analysis on research ethics matters to stakeholders, including areas of exposure, risk analysis and management.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure University compliance with national and international research ethics guidelines and regulations, including oversight of reporting requirements.
  • Manage administrative functions of Ethics Committees, coordinate ethics training programs, and oversee complaint and adverse event reporting processes, ensuring adherence to ethical standards and legislative requirements.

About you

You will bring a wealth of experience in human research ethics or ethics management from a university, health or research setting, with a demonstrated track record of managing competing priorities, developing innovative solutions to problems and responding positively to changing work environments. More specifically, you will have:

  • A track record of applying legislation and policies, undertaking risk management activities, ideally within a research environment.
  • Outstanding communication, diplomacy and negotiation skills across all levels of an organisation.
  • Demonstrated track record in the effective delivery of advice, analysis and education on procedural and compliance issues and effective complaint management skills.

Salary and benefits

Our staff benefit from flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work models, generous parental and carer’s leave provisions, wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programs and professional learning opportunities. This position is:

  • Full-time, continuing (permanent)
  • Ideally, located at Lismore with generous relocation support available. Alternative campus locations of Gold Coast or Coffs Harbour may be negotiated for the right candidate.
  • HEW Level 7. The base salary ranges from $99,711 - $108,268 per annum, plus 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation. The total remuneration package is up to $126,673.

Find out more about working at SCU by visiting Why Work at SCU.

Application requirements

Applicants must apply online and attach a CV and cover letter responding to the selection criteria within the position description by the closing date. Information to support you prepare your application is available on our website. If you experience difficulties applying online or need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know by contacting 

Job applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or currently hold a visa with ongoing work rights in Australia. Employer visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Further information

Additional information is available in the position description or by contacting:
Name: Ms Wendy Scott, Director, Research Data and Contracts

Closing Date: 11.30pm AEST, Sunday 16 June 2024

Southern Cross University is committed to ensuring that the University reflects the rich diversity across the region in which the University’s campuses are located.

The University encourages applications from people of all ages, women, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, people living with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people who openly identify as LGBTQI+.

We encourage applications from people with disability and will provide adjustments to the recruitment process upon request.

Together, we are Transforming Tomorrow.


Company info
Lismore Campus
1 Military Road
East Lismore
New South Wales
NSW 2480

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