Biological Compliance Officer

Melbourne, Australia
05 Apr 2018
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19 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Join Australia's number 1 University †
  • Career opportunities, professional development, work-life balance.
  • Use your expertise and innovative thinking to truly have an impact. 

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Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, University Services

Salary: $88,171 - $95,444 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

About University Services

University Services comprises of 1,600 professional staff focused on providing client centric and innovative services to the University. The group is providing transformational change, defining and influencing future service enhancements within the University of Melbourne. The Biological Compliance Officer is a member of the Research Ethics and Integrity Team which sits within the Research, Innovation and Commercialisation portfolio.

About the role

As the Biological Compliance Officer, you will be part of a small dynamic team at The University of Melbourne which specialises in BioRisk Management activities covering the safe use of potentially hazardous biological agents and regulated biological materials in research and teaching.

You will have relevant experience, knowledge, maturity and an ability to apply standards and regulations to the higher education sector. You will use your highly developed communication skills to assist with the implementation and delivery of University-wide resources and training programs for a wide range of people including academic and professional staff and students.

The regulation of research involving the use of biological agents is intensifying. You will be expected to contribute to management programs that ensure the University maintains compliance with new and modified regulatory requirements and standards. As Biological Compliance Officer you will contribute to the University’s strategic goal to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and compliance and to the protection of its reputation.

A key responsibility of this role is to advise university staff and researchers on the relevant university policies and procedures, Commonwealth and State Legislative and Regulatory requirements, relevant Australian Standards, and the reporting processes required by regulatory bodies and the University.

About you

  • A degree, preferably in a biological science, and relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Experience and demonstrated achievement in a similar role in a large university or research organisation with experience working in a laboratory and building relationships with stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to prepare and deliver effective training material to a broad range of people, including research staff, students, and managers
  • Demonstrated provision of accurate and high-quality advice that interprets and discusses policies and regulatory requirements
  • Proven ability to thrive in a changing and fast paced environment


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

† The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Close date: 19 April 2018

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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