Executive Officer/Project Manager, Microbiome

Sydney, Australia
13 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Newly created opportunity to manage Multi-Million Dollar project
  • World leading research | Focus on Mother & Baby Program
  • Initial 12-month contract with possible extension | Kogarah location
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

Fantastic opportunity to drive world leading research into Microbiome within Mothers & Babies.  

The Organisation

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.  We aspire to be Australia’s global university, improving and transforming lives through excellence in research, outstanding education and a commitment to advancing a just society. 

The St George and Sutherland Clinical School was established in 1969 and is situated on the grounds of St George and Sutherland Hospitals, Sydney. The School and has a long record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and clinical training as well as in biomedical and clinical trials research, with particular strengths in gastroenterology, intensive care, thrombosis and haemostasis, surgical oncology and immunology/inflammation fields.

In 2017, the Microbiome Research Centre was set up at St George hospital funded by grants from the Federal and State Governments, SESLHD and UNSW. It is Australia’s first microbiome research centre that is totally embedded in a large clinical campus. The MRC undertakes world class research in five major themes including maternal and child health, cancer, mental health/neuroscience, critical care and infection, inflammation and immunity. One of the latest and largest programmes within the MRC is the Mothers Babies programme which will study the role of the microbiome in pregnancy and childhood.

The Opportunity

 Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Actively provide high level strategic advice and support on the development of the MRC MothersBabies program strategic plan in research and the alignment of research resources with the strategic goals of the program.
  • Manage the operations of the MRC MothersBabies Support function and implement strategic and operational processes, which will enhance the MRC research performance
  • Engage with the Chief Investigator to further develop the Microbiome Research Project across its 3 phases
  • Manage the financial resources of the project estimated to be in the region of $10 million over 5 years and assist in the identification of further funding opportunities
  • Manage the human resource, supervision and training of a multidisciplinary project team including but not restricted to Research Nurses, Research Coordinators, Data Entry Clerks, Research Fellows, Statisticians and Administrative staff
  • Manage a range of operations concerning operating procedures, physical equipment, insurance and indemnity and management of trial data
  • Liaise with key stakeholders of the projects and develop new local, national and international research collaborations that strengthen the Microbiome research
  • Coordinate and obtain agreements for all sites and departments contributing to the Microbiome projects
  • Manage the submissions and amendments of multiple protocols of Research Ethics, Governance, Regulatory Authorities and Donors including the preparation of various operating and financial reports
  • Manage and implement a quality assurance system for all aspects of the project to ensure consistency and compliance

About the Successful Applicant

You will have strong stakeholder management skills and the ability to develop relationships with; Patients, GP’s, Laboratory Staff at all levels & internal stakeholders. You must be exceptional at multitasking to deliver a highly complex project involving numerous different groups. You must have experience in managing multimillion dollar projects and experience research, particularly writing documents for Ethical Approval.

You must have a strong background in research and ideally will come from a nursing, midwifery or pharmaceutical background. You must have experience in leading and managing a team working to tight deadlines. You must have outstanding financial & budget management skills together with the ability to deliver outcomes.

To Apply:  Visit www.jobs.unsw.edu.au and enter reference #493823. Your application should include a CV, cover letter and responses to the selection criteria listed in the Position Description. Please note all documentation must be in pdf format.  


Ian Jones
Talent Acquisition Team Lead
e: i.jones@unsw.edu.au
t: 02 9385 3260 

Applications close:  Applications close at 11:55pm on Sunday 15th July 2018.

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

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