Research Fellow, Regulatory Environment for Innovative Health Technologies

Hobart, Australia
12 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

The Research Fellow will conduct research on the project, Reforming the Regulatory Environment for Innovative Health Technologies. The Research Fellow will be appointed at .5FTE. This project, awarded a 2018 Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, aims to answer the policy question 'Can Australia improve the way it regulates clinical translation of innovative, personalised health technologies?'

The research fellow will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the project. This will require gaining an understanding of each innovative technology case study (genome editing, 3D bioprinting, and biologics), as well applying the fellow's knowledge of health regulation. The research fellow will have particular responsibility for the patent landscaping component of the project, as well as for conducting and analysing interviews with key stakeholders for each innovative technology case study. The research fellow will also be responsible for designing and managing an electronic database to map current regulations of innovative products and procedures in Australia, and for liaising with consulting software developers to convert the map into a useable tool for the research team and external researchers.

This project represents a unique opportunity to conduct research of significance both nationally and internationally. In order to create the strongest project outputs, the research fellow must have a broad understanding of health law and regulatory theory, and a sound knowledge of patent law regulation and processes. They will demonstrate strong research productivity and associated publication history. As an important team member, they will be able to demonstrate an ability to effectively collaborate. Much of their work will be self-directed, and they will be confident and motivated working with minimal supervision within the team structure.

In the role you will:

  • Provide advice and expertise and collaborate with the Chief Investigators to conduct high quality doctrinal, quantitative and qualitative research. This includes advising on overall study design, conducting and analysing stakeholder interviews, and managing the patent landscaping component of the project.
  • Design and manage an electronic database to collect and store data generated from each phase of the project, including liaison with consulting software developers.
  • Use initiative and with minimal supervision, prepare applications and obtain approvals from required Human Research Ethics Committees.
  • Produce high quality journal publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals and, in so doing, meet and regularly exceed the University's research performance expectations for a Level B academic.
  • Contribute to supervising honours and postgraduate students as required.
  • Undertake other duties as directed by the supervisor.

Based in Hobart, you will be employed on a part-time (.5 full time equivalent), two year fixed-term basis.

­To be considered, you will have:

  • A postgraduate degree qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated publication productivity.
  • Demonstrated experience in research organisational skills and capacity to act independently, within established research guidelines, using discretion and sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated experience in liaising with a team of researchers to conduct high quality research.
  • A track record of academic work in the field of regulation of health technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to present work of the team at academic conferences, to stakeholders and make other presentations as required.
  • Experience with legal reasoning to contribute to specific project design and methodology within the areas that they are responsible.

Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $119,203 comprising base salary within the range of $92,326 to $108,862 plus 9.5% superannuation (pro rata).

For further information about this position please contact Professor Dianne Nicol, Faculty of Law: / (03) 62267553.

**Please note, your application must as a minimum include your resume, a cover letter and your responses to the position criteria as detailed on the position description.

Applications close at 11:55pm on Thursday, 26 April 2018.