Biobank Coordinator

Sydney, Australia
14 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Provide essential Neurodegenerative Disease Biobank coordination and support
  • Opportunity to work with leading academics in the field of MND research

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

Macquarie University is developing the nation's first fully integrated academic health sciences centre under a university's leadership. With a focus on patients and an ultimate goal of improving lives, MQ Health – the Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre – will see true convergence of the learning and research endeavours of Macquarie's Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences (FMHS), with the clinical care provided at Macquarie University Hospital (MUH) and Macquarie University Clinical Associates (MUCA). MQ Health brings together the excellent work of medical and allied health researchers across the University and around the country, with unparalleled access to world-leading clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus. 

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light. 

The Role

Reporting to the Neurodegenerative Disease Biobank Manager, in this varied role, the Biobank Coordinator will collect and maintain information and samples for the Neurodegenerative disease biobank, working closely with the Macquarie Neurology Clinic. This includes the following accountabilities:

  • Coordinate the recruitment and consent of patients to the Neurodegenerative disease biobank and the NSW brain bank.
  • Liaise with and facilitate collaboration between the Professor of Neurology, and other Macquarie University, Macquarie University Hospital and external Academic and/or Clinical staff to retrieve, process, document and store biological samples from patients and family members
  • Perform phlebotomy and coordinate the collection of biological samples with biobank staff, clinicians and research staff, in accordance with approved clinical standards and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Contribute to the development, enhancement and maintenance of a new Biobank database and its reporting capabilities including assisting with the transition of data from the existing biobank database.
  • Coordinate the recording of demographic and clinical data into the relevant Biobank databases.
  • Ensure compliance with University research and ethics protocols and legislative requirements related to patient interaction and the collection and handling of samples and data.
  • Assist researchers in the use of clinical data for research projects including explaining data variables and how it could be used to support their project.

For further information regarding this role, please click here to view the position description.

Selection Criteria:

To be considered for this position, the applicant will demonstrate the below requirements in their CV and a 1 - 2 page cover letter:

  • Bachelor degree in nursing, medical science or related discipline or equivalent
  • Venepuncture certification and experience performing venepuncture and to take biological samples
  • Knowledge of medical terminology with an ability to interpret clinical data and medical notes
  • Knowledge and experience using clinical research databases
  • Experience working with or an ability to work with deteriorating patients in a clinical setting
  • Ability to handle confidential patient information and consult with patients in a sensitive manner
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Research Practice
  • Demonstrated computer skills including MS Office, internet based research and database management and research software
  • Previous experience working in a Biobank (desirable)

Note: This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with MQ Health requirements.

Salary Package:  From $80,231 - $88,561 p.a. (HEW Level 6), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. 

Appointment Type: Full time, 1 year fixed term position

Specific Role Enquiries: Sarah Furlong, Neurodegenerative Disease Biobank Manager on

General Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic, HR Administrator on

Applications Close: 11:55 pm on Sunday, 28 January 2018

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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