First listed on: 06 March 2019

Senior Research Ethics Officer

Research Office/ /Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

About the Research Office

The Research Office is a central unit within the portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and provides support for research activities across UTS in partnership with the faculty research offices and other support units, including identifying and accessing research funding, contracts, ethics, post-award, IP management and commercialisation and research data intelligence. In order to continually improve the way we support our researchers, the Research Office is adopting a new operational team structure.

In support of our endeavour to undertake excellent research that delivers global impact, UTS is establishing a best practice research culture that will support UTS researchers and professional staff to achieve their full potential. Ethical conduct of research is an essential part of any excellent research culture and has the ability to add significant value to the design and management of research projects.

About the role

As the Senior Research Ethics Officer (SREO) you will be responsible for supporting the operations of the UTS Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), the Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and sub-committees. You will also ensure that UTS research activities are undertaken in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research; Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes; applicable State and Commonwealth requirements; and all applicable legislation. You will play a key role in the continuous improvement of processes and systems to streamline the UTS research ethics process and to raise the profile of ethics to a value-add activity for excellent research.

Day to day you will:

  • promote an awareness of ethical issues relating to the conduct of research by providing information and support to research staff and students
  • provide expert advice to research staff and students (including ADRs, Centre Directors etc.)
  • develop training materials and deliver these via clinics, workshops, seminars etc.
  • undertake review of applications, ratifications, transfers and amendments
  • prepare technical minutes in consultation with the Research Ethics Manager
  • support the development and implementation of processes and systems to streamline the UTS research ethics process.
  • contribute to office-wide projects, such as continuous improvement, by raising ideas and in some cases documenting / designing / revising processes relevant to the role.
  • prepare annual reports to regulators/Institutions

To be successful in securing the role you will have:

  • a high degree of scientific literacy to liaise with scientific researchers and staff
  • a working knowledge of the current Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and its implications for research practice in the university environment.
  • a thorough knowledge of the current legislation, standards and codes of practice relating to human research ethics, animal welfare and biosafety, and their implications for the conduct of research in a university environment.
  • a thorough understanding of the human, animal ethics and biosafety review processes in the higher education setting.
  • prior experience working in university sector in research management
  • prior experience acting in the Secretariat of an institutional human, animal ethics or biosafety committee would be an advantage.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $90,439pa to $97,668 pa (HEW 7)

This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a continuing basis.

How To Apply

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please click the link apply button and download the Position Description from the UTS website.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Closing Date: Wednesday 27th March at 11.59pm(AEST)

Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia

Please note: If you have a disability that requires adjustment to the recruitment process or an alternative application pathway please contact for assistance

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.

We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


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