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Executive Officer (Ethics)

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Administration, Laboratory & Research Support

Executive Officer (Ethics)

  • Full time ongoing position
  • Based in Hobart
  • Efficiently manage the business of UTAS ethics committees and support the ethical review and monitoring of research projects.


The Research Ethics Unit (REU) upholds the institution’s research ethics framework, support services and promotes the responsible conduct of research undertaken by the University and affiliated organisations.


The Opportunity

Provide high quality, customer-focused professional services and expert advice and training as well as effectively and efficiently manage the operations of research ethics, the University’s research ethics committees and the REU.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide high-quality service to the University research community, including coordination of committee member recruitment, induction and the provision of ongoing training and education.
  • Interpret University policies and procedures, in addition to the National Statement for Ethical Conduct in Human Research, the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, and provide expert advice to committee chairs, committee members and researchers on compliance obligations.
  • Provide timely advice and guidance to researchers on expectations for the quality of ethics applications, committee processes, ethical issues and operational support on the use of the Ethics Review Manager (ERM) system.
  • Deliver support to researchers and REU staff in the submission, review and maintenance of ethics documentation in the University’s Ethics Review Manager (ERM) system.
  • Contribute to the development, organisation and presentation of training material relating to research ethics.


Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate:

  • A degree in a relevant area or an equivalent combination of relevant experience, education and/or training.
  • A high-level of written and verbal communication skills, including in the preparation of reports and the ability to liaise effectively with stakeholders.
  • Exceptional organisational skills with the capacity to act autonomously and within a team environment.
  • The ability to prepare and deliver training material and information sessions to people from a range of backgrounds and experience levels
  • Experience in a research institution, the higher education sector, government or industry



Appointment to this role will be at HEO 6 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $107,061 comprising base salary within the range of $84,386 to $91,505 plus 17% superannuation.


COVID-19 Update:

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

How to Apply


  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
    • Resume;
    • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role;
    • Your responses to the success criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Heather Vail, Acting Manager - Research Ethics, or +61 3 6226 5520 (Tues-Thursday)
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.


Applications close Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 11.55pm

Download File Position Description - Executive Officer (Research Ethics).pdf

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.


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Applications close: Tasmania Standard Time

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