Research Associate in Law and Ethics

Sydney, Australia
10 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Sydney Health Ethics

School of Public Health

  • Provide research support and contribute to the project : Ethical, legal and policy issues in genomic day sharing in Australia
  • Full time fixed term for three years
  • Remuneration package: Level A $84K p.a which includes leaving loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

Provide research support to A/Prof Ainsley Newson and contribute to the project: “Ethical, legal and policy issues in genomic data sharing in Australia,” under the auspices of the Australian Genomics Health Alliance. This mixed methods project will involve the identification and critical analysis of legal, social and ethical aspects relating to genomic data sharing in Australia, to inform a robust scientific, legal and policy framework for genomic data sharing in this jurisdiction. The incumbent will be expected to coordinate the various activities associated with this research, including qualitative interviews and ethico-legal desktop research.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Associate who:

  • tertiary qualification in law (preferred), or completion of ≥1 relevant law subjects in the context of another degree. May hold (or be working towards) postgraduate qualifications
  • tertiary qualification in science/genetics (including genetic counselling), or completion of one or more subjects in this area in the context of another degree. May hold (or be working towards) a postgraduate qualification
  • demonstrated excellence in analysis and writing skills, including experience in writing for academic publication
  • experience in qualitative research (through study or employment)
  • experience in carrying out legal literature searches, and preparing reviews for further analysis
  • experience in contributing to research design, for example experience in ethics submissions.
  • strong problem solving skills and the ability to independently use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods.

About us

Unit Context:

Sydney Health Ethics - A Centre for Ethics and Social Research, Teaching & Engagement

Who we are:

Sydney Health Ethics is an open, collaborative and supportive community engaged in multidisciplinary research and teaching. Our mission is to achieve a positive social impact by engaging in academic and public conversations about ideas related to the ethics of health and well-being.

What we do:  

Research: we conduct rigorous, critical and engaged ethics and social research

Teaching: we deliver Australia’s leading teaching in bioethics and qualitative research methods

Engagement: we work with communities locally, nationally and internationally to understand and address real world issues.

Sydney School of Public Health

Sydney Health Ethics is located within the Sydney School of Public Health. The mission of the Sydney School of Public Health's is to provide internationally recognised leadership in public health by advancing and disseminating knowledge in the public health disciplines. We do this by providing high quality, accessible education; conducting outstanding, high impact research; and participating effectively in professional, governmental and community activities. Sydney School of Public Health is a vibrant organic network of individuals, research groups and centres that offers a wide range of educational and research opportunities for students.

The School has earned an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research work and for the expertise of its academic staff. The core academic staff members of the School are supported by colleagues working in several constituent and affiliated research centres and the health system who are academic title holders within the School. Taken together, such a broadly based critical mass of academics provides a substantial resource for our students, the research community and anyone with an interest in public health issues.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led 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 our campuses, we employ over 7600 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.

How to apply

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.

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Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11.30 pm 7 December 2017

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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