Research Ethics Officer


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Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across 3 campuses in the northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.


An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic Research Ethics Officer - Animal Ethics to join The Office for Research.


Details of position


  • The primary responsibility is the initial administrative review of submissions for AEC and IBC, preparation and distribution of meeting, minutes, correspondence of issues and outcomes arising from the review and approval of new applications.

  • To provide guidance, support and feedback to researchers seeking ethics approval for research projects

  • To liaise with the Chair of the AEC or IBC and organise ‘out of session’ ad hoc meetings where required, prepare minutes and correspondence of issues and outcomes to researchers

  • To ensure that project information is entered into the AEC and IBC research ethics database.

  • To record and process all post approval correspondence, adverse events and non-compliance events reviewed by the AEC or IBC

  • To notify researchers of outcomes and approval regarding the above

  • To co-ordinate laboratory inspections as directed by the, AEC, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OFTR) and IBC.

  • To maintain Bureau of Animal Welfare licences, Office of Gene Technology Regulator certifications and complete statement of compliance with the National Code of Practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purpose and the officer of Gene Technology Regulator Report with the assistance of the Ethics Manager.

To be successful in this role you must demonstrate/Key responsibilities will include:


  • Qualifications in a relevant discipline (BSc or equivalent with a working knowledge of medical terminology /scientific language) or demonstrated experience in an Animal Research position at another institution.


    • A sound understanding of the legislation, codes and guidelines relevant to animal research, and in particular the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th edition (2013).

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Broad understanding of the health and medical research environment in Victoria and Australia.

  • Excellent time management and organisational skills and attention to detail and the capacity to operate autonomously and be self-motivated

Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.


All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check conducted by Austin Health and if required, a Working With Children Check.


Austin Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.