First listed on: 03 October 2017

Associate Oncology Program Manager

NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Reference no. 1989/0917

  • Make a rewarding contribution to a team of researchers
  • Full time or Part time fixed term opportunity for 12 months
  • Remuneration: $119K to $134K p.a. pro rata inclusive of annual leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) is a fully externally funded research centre operating for over 25 years. It runs large multicentre investigator-initiated clinical trials and provides expertise and infrastructure for trials run by external groups.  It undertakes research aiming at improving both the conduct of trials and the resulting clinical evidence. The CTC participates in translational research, conducts methodological research in relation to clinical trials, reviews and synthesises evidence from completed trials, supervises postgraduate students in all of these areas, offers postgraduate degrees in clinical trials research, runs short courses to train people for Australian medical research.

The Associate Oncology Program Manager is responsible for the overall management, coordination and administration of projects or allocated clinical trials relevant to specific research areas covering oncology (AOPM). 

The team of AOPMs work on the portfolio of studies in the Oncology Program consisting of over 40 specialised staff working as Study Coordinators, Data Managers, Study Monitors and Clinical Trial Assistants in the tumour streams of Gastro-intestinal, Gynaecological, Brain, Lung and Urogenital research and reporting through to the Oncology Program Manager.  The AOPMs are involved in development or operational activities depending on education and training, experience and opportunities. 

The activities range from:

  • concept and protocol development,
  • grant applications and reporting,
  • scientific/research/operations committee support,
  • budgeting and financial management,
  • HREC and governance submissions and,
  • oversight of trial operations including data collection, onsite monitoring and data cleaning.

The role will involve working with other senior staff at the CTC e.g. clinical investigators and biostatisticians for protocol development and with interim and final analyses and poster and manuscript publications.

The role may also involve the line management of more junior staff. 

The successful candidate will have a background in health, experience in project management and detailed knowledge of clinical research practices including ethics and regulatory requirements of trials.  Exposure to quality assurance and control is also a bonus.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for an Associate Oncology Program Manager who possesses:

  • A degree in Health Science or Allied Health field or similar education/training and relevant experience
  • Highly developed project planning, coordination, organisation and time management skills
  • Proven ability to identify problems, make recommendations and implement appropriate solutions
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication, consultation and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work in a complex and challenging environment
  • Detailed knowledge of clinical research practices

The key to success of the applicant is the ability to work with minimal supervision to manage resources relating to projects which may include line management, adapting and applying SOP’s and University’s policies, trial protocols and other regulatory requirements. 

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 5pm 18 October 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.


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