Research development

Research Development Manager job at UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

  • Part-time (0.5 FTE) or full-time, 12-month fixed-term positions available
  • Exciting opportunity to take a central role as Head of Research at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials Center located in the Medical Foundation Building on Camperdown Campus
  • Base salary $109,663 – $123,674 + 17% retirement pension

About the Opportunity

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Center (CTC) is a flagship academic research organization within the University of Sydney. The CTC conducts large, multicenter, international investigator-initiated clinical trials, participates in trials by national and international collaborative groups, and contributes expertise to trials conducted by others. The research conducted by the CTC covers a wide range of therapeutic areas, including oncology, cardiology, diabetology, nephrology, neonatal and perinatal health, and currently a number of exciting projects focusing on treatments for COVID- 19.

The Research Development Manager is the key collaborator bringing together researchers from across Australia and around the world to develop clinical trials. This interesting role requires strong grant and protocol writing skills, excellent communication skills and a positive attitude, as well as a plan to continue learning new treatments and clinical areas.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, including representatives of clinical trial funders (commercial and not-for-profit), collaborative group scientific committees (including subcommittees and working groups), CTC Functional Heads, Chief, Search Development, Search Operations Managers and CTC Senior Staff
  • secure funding for clinical trials and research projects, direct CTC infrastructure/development grant applications based on therapeutic area
  • manage the pipeline of new trials in their assigned therapeutic area by facilitating the identification of gaps and facilitating the development of new clinical trials/concepts
  • end-to-end process of writing, preparing and obtaining input and feedback, and then submitting grant applications to secure the funding required to enable the development and conduct of such research projects and to maintain strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders who stimulate the development and facilitate the funding of new research projects

About you

  • hold a related medical or scientific graduate degree, or a bachelor’s degree with relevant experience
  • has an excellent understanding of scientific and medical terminology, including experience in medical writing, protocol writing and grant writing,
  • possess an in-depth knowledge of the requirements of clinical trials throughout their life cycle, from start-up to closure, including a detailed understanding of Australian regulatory, ethical and governance processes and requirements (including an in-depth knowledge of the ‘ICH GCP),
  • have a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in clinical trial management, as a project manager, senior clinical trial operations coordinator or similar role,
  • excellent time and workload management skills with a demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and achieve required results,
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; superior relationship management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills; and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in handling day-to-day operational matters,
  • proven financial management experience and knowledge, including experience in preparing clinical trial budgets, securing funding and financial reporting,
  • possess the ability to maintain high work standards with minimal supervision, adhere to organizational SOPs, and implement continuous improvement measures in response to identified issues,
  • the ability to work effectively in a team, and
  • the ability and willingness to travel (

Please address the selection criteria below in your cover letter

  • Describe your experience preparing and submitting applications for government and philanthropic grants
  • Describe your experience in developing clinical trial concepts and protocols
  • Describe your experience working with academic researchers nationally and internationally
  • Describe your work experience in a clinical trial management position
  • Describe your financial management experience, including your ability to prepare clinical trial budgets

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Sponsorship/work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Australian temporary residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed-term contract for the duration of their visa, depending on hiring area and position requirements.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of any required pre-employment or background checks on terms satisfactory to the University. Likewise, your continued employment is conditional on your satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary action, including the termination of your employment.

EEO declaration

At the University of Sydney, our shared values ​​include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a university community that reflects the larger community we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase the participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all walks of life.

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