Human Research Ethics Coordinator (Social and Interdisciplinary Science) - CSIRO - EducationCareer

First listed on: 21 May 2022

Human Research Ethics Coordinator (Social and Interdisciplinary Science)


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have an interest in human research ethics and passion for supporting good research practice?
  • Part time, indefinite opportunity (3 days per week) in Dutton Park, Brisbane
  • Provide advice and support to research staff across a diverse range of projects!

CSIRO is seeking an experienced research scientist with an interest in human research ethics or experienced research ethics administrator for an indefinite opportunity within our Research Ethics and Integrity function. This is a part-time opportunity for a committed professional to work at our Dutton Park site 3 days per week in a job-share arrangement. The Human Research Ethics Coordinator (Social and Interdisciplinary Science) provides leadership and support to CSIRO staff in their attendance to ethical research activity and assists with the ethical review and approval processes for social and interdisciplinary research within CSIRO. The role works closely with the Executive Manager Social Responsibility and Ethics, and Human Ethics Team Leader and receives administrative support from the Assistant Human Research Ethics Co-ordinator. 

Candidates with experience in undertaking international development research or research with Australian Indigenous peoples and communities are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The role provides an opportunity to broaden your experience, gain exposure to, and provide design input, support and advice to a diverse range of research projects in relation to human ethics. This position will be required to work collaboratively with another part-time Human Research Ethics Coordinator (SIS) in a job-share arrangement. The duties outlined below will be distributed across these two appointments to provide effective delivery of the role.

Your duties will include:

  • Providing advice and support to research staff regarding ethics issues in the development and design of their projects and the development and submission of ethics applications.
  • Working with the CSSHREC Chair and committee members to review ethics applications and ensuring effective feedback to individual applicants within agreed timeframes for review.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Manager Social Responsibility and Ethics, liaising with Project Leaders and providing advice and support in regard to any issues or complaints that arise during the conduct of research. 
  • Working with the Assistant Human Ethics Co-ordinator to ensure effective support for the administration of CSSHREC committee meetings, including the preparation of agendas, minutes, annual reports and payment of sitting fees and the submission and review of project progress and completion reports from Project Leaders, with any identified issues followed up and managed effectively.
  • Supporting the recruitment and induction of CSSHREC members and their participation in meetings
  • Developing and conducting an annual program of project reviews for approved research. 
  • Collaborating in the development and delivery of a human research ethics awareness, training and support program across CSIRO.
  • Collaborating with the broader ethics team to develop communication and other resources to support ethical research practice e.g. ethics newsletter, website materials and general staff communication.
  • Assisting the Executive Manager Social Responsibility and Ethics to provide leadership and strategic advice on current and emerging research ethics matters

Location: Dutton Park QLD
Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k pro-rata for part time, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Hours: Job-share role, 3 days per week
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 84827

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in the field of social sciences, preferably at a postgraduate level, and/ or equivalent experience in a research environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to clearly and succinctly convey information and ideas to individuals and groups.
  • Sound understanding of human research ethics principles and the application of these principles to social and interdisciplinary research.
  • Sound understanding of social science research methods and the use of these methods in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to effectively interpret policies, procedures and guidelines in order to provide clear and consistent advice and support to staff and the CSIRO Social Science Human Research Ethics Committee on the ethical conduct of research.
  • Proven ability to investigate underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses through abstract thinking and using creative solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to professionally handle sensitive and confidential information and use appropriate judgment and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing demands, establish priorities, organise tasks and meet deadlines. 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment, collaborate widely both internally and externally, and establish effective interpersonal relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft applications including Teams, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, to manage workflow processes and on?line transactions.

In addition, candidates with experience in the following areas will be considered highly desirable:

  • Experience in designing and conducting international development research or research with Australian Indigenous peoples and communities is desired.
  • Experience in the development and delivery of training and education support programs
  • Experience in working with human research ethics committee

For full details about this role, please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

12 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST