National Arthritis Biobank Officer

Sydney, Australia
22 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Northern Clinical School – Rheumatology Department

  • Opportunity to provide project support to the Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative Coordinating Principal Investigator and National Coordinator
  • Located at Northern Clinical School – Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Fixed term for 12 months with the possibility of further extension, remuneration package: $97K - $104K which includes leaving loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The Institute of Bone and Joint Research (IBJR) provides innovative facilities for scientists and clinicians, enabling them to unravel the complexities of the musculoskeletal system, improve quality of life,

And reduce the burden of bone and joint disorders (today's most common disability). The IBJR is developing the Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC) to expand its research vision.

The A3BC is a ground-breaking new project promising a national network of sophisticated biobanks and related database and analytics capabilities. A key goal of the A3BC is to help people living with arthritis and autoimmune diseases understand answers to important questions such as: What caused my disease? What is the best treatment for me? What does my future look? The A3BC will answer these questions and more, by combining research into the biological causes and clinical consequences of these diseases, with a broad range of patient and population health datasets, to enable discoveries for improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

You could be part of this landmark project and our passionate team. You will provide project support to the A3BC Coordinating Principal Investigator and National Coordinator, by assisting the implementation and delivery of a broad range of activities and tasks in order to meet established milestones and deliverables. Responsible for support to multiple work streams and national stakeholders, including developing and implementing project plans and preparing status reports in line with broader project governance requirements. The National Arthritis Biobank Officer will manage multiple communications, ensuring effective collaboration and teamwork with other research project members and stakeholders.

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 National Arthritis Biobank Officer who has:

  • experience in developing research projects, including expertise in research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills.
  • accuracy, attention to detail and organized, the ability to work to deadlines and manage demands.
  • worked independently and in a team, taking initiative and using sound judgement to resolve matters.

Postgraduate qualification and high-level experience in health and medical research, working in medical/clinical research, and research co-ordination / evaluation; particularly involving biobanking, molecular biology and/or large datasets and related analytics would be highly regarded.

About us

See for an overview of the Department of Rheumatology’s research arm – The Institute for Bone and Joint Research (IBJR)

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.

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

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position


As this position is located on a 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 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.

To undertake this position the successful applicant will need to complete a police/criminal check.

Closing date: 11:30pm 11 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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