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Job no: 0044449
Work type: Continuing
Location: Parkville

-  Join Australia's number 1 University †

- Career opportunities, professional development, work-life balance.

- Use your expertise and innovative thinking to truly have an impact. 

Who says you can’t change the world? We expect to do nothing less.

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation - University Services

Salary: $79,910 - $86,499 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

About University Services

University Services comprises of 1,500 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 Ethics Officer is a member of the Research Ethics and Integrity Team which sits within the Research, Innovation and Commercialisation portfolio.

About the role

The role is to act as secretary to one of the University’s Human Research Ethics Sub-Committees, manage its business, provide administrative and regulatory advice and support to the chair and committee and liaise with researchers, student supervisors, departments and other institutions or agencies. You will be responsible for the preparation of committee agenda and minutes, following up and finalising project approvals and amendments, ensuring currency of the ethics records, assisting in monitoring and auditing of projects and undertaking other administrative tasks as required. You will also provide advice and assistance to academic staff and research students on committee processes, protocols and ethical issues and support the development and implementation of information resources and training programs for committees and researchers. You may be required to act as secretary to the Central Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) or the other Human Ethics Sub-Committees from time to time, as required. At a broader level, you will contribute to the University research ethics policies and processes and its strategic goal to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and regulatory compliance and, as a member of RIC, you will work with colleagues to review and refine processes and policies to deliver quality services efficiently and effectively. You will report to the Manager, Human Research Ethics.

About you

You will have a degree and relevant experience in an academic or research institution. You will have sound knowledge of relevant University policy and procedures, the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007 - updated 2015), the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (ACRCR) and other Commonwealth and State legislation and guidelines, and of the ethical standards, approval and reporting processes required by research agencies and granting bodies in Australia and overseas. You will also have excellent oral and written communication skills, training experience and a demonstrated ability to deal with a large workload and to work through confidential and sensitive issues with mature judgement and discretion.


  • 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; whether it's lunchtime music events or free public lectures, there is always something to attract your interest. 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: 27 Nov 2017

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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