Team Leader in Human Psychopharmacology

Sydney, Australia
29 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics
Brain and Mind Centre

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in research excellence
  • Full-time fixed term for four years. Remuneration package: $147,882 p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity

Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified persons to join the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney as a team leader. The Lambert Initiative was founded in 2015 with a large philanthropic donation from Barry and Joy Lambert and has recently located to modern laboratories within the Brain and Mind Centre. The Lambert Initiative undertakes a wide range of preclinical and clinical studies and has a core mission to develop novel cannabinoid based therapeutics for a range of disease states including epilepsy, cancer, pain and neurological conditions (see

The team leader in human psychopharmacology will develop, lead and contribute to a wide range of early stage studies in humans involving cannabis and/or cannabis-derived medicines. These studies will probe effects on cognitive function, sleep, driving ability and general health, and also involve appraisal of specific biomarkers and cannabinoid levels in plasma and other biological matrices in collaboration with our analytical chemistry team. A contribution towards larger clinical trials and observational and survey studies of cannabis use in the Australian community will also be expected.

The successful applicant will have an opportunity to grow and supervise their own team of postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate/honours students and to develop their own research agenda with Lambert Initiative and external funding/industry support. The position might particularly suit an ambitious and entrepreneurial early to mid-career researcher with a strong emerging track record in cannabinoid research. A good knowledge of regulatory and ethical aspects of cannabinoid research will be expected as well as knowledge of translational drug discovery processes. A PhD and postdoctoral experience in Pharmacology, Psychopharmacology, Experimental Psychology, Biomedical Science or a related discipline is expected although medically qualified applicants with relevant research experience are also encouraged to apply.

Appointments are nominally at Level C but that appointment at a higher or lower level can be considered according to qualifications and experience of candidates.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Team Leader in Human Psychopharmacology who has:

  • A PhD and postdoctoral experience in Pharmacology, Psychopharmacology, Experimental Psychology, Biomedical Science or a related discipline is expected although medically qualified applicants with relevant research experience are also encouraged to applyProven skills in managing and/or contributing to a small to medium clinically-focused team.
  • Substantial postgraduate experience demonstrating the appropriate competencies and skills for a job in a clinical setting.
  • Appropriate clinical trials experience and/or human psychopharmacology experience with a sound working knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements (e.g. TGA ICH GCP Guidelines).
  • Experience in Human Research Ethics Committee submissions.
  • A high level of academic leadership, professional standing and technical experience in clinical research, preferably with a focus on cannabinoid therapeutics.
  • Strong computing and statistical analysis skills.
  • Excellent track record of publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals, preferably in the field of cannabinoid science.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led the research and teaching to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria and include your Scopus ID.

Closing date: 11.30pm 22 October 2017 (Sydney time)

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.

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