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Project Officer

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Who we are?

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is home to significant scientific discoveries. We believe there is an answer, a cure or a better treatment for every childhood condition and we’re determined to find it. We are a diverse team of world-leading researchers, doctors, engineers, and hardworking professionals in corporate and scientific services from all corners of the world with one shared goal to transform child health worldwide. Our strength lies in our partnership and co-location with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne the Melbourne Children’s Campus. This rare model amplifies opportunities to quickly translate research into clinical care. At MCRI, you’ll also find our subsidiary organisation, the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), a specialist childhood, prenatal and adult genetics service. VCGS provides an integrated genetic consultation, counselling, testing and diagnostic support service to children, adults, families and prospective parents.

Together, we share a powerful vision: re-imagine the future of child health.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking a highly motivated Project Officer with expertise in workflow design and implementation including sample tracking and management, careful attention to detail, and established experience in communicating with diverse and geographically distributed stakeholders.

The Project Officer will be responsible for planning, tracking and ensuring the successful delivery of two programs recently funded by the Medical Research Future Fund Genomics Health Futures Mission, namely the UDN-Aus amd Mito-MDT programs, described below. The Project Officer will be responsible for the design and implementation of project workflows spanning from grant, ethics and governance applications through to participant recruitment, sample collection and tracking, data analysis and return of results.

The Project Officer will work closely with the leads of the UDN-Aus and Mito-MDT research programs and the Australian Genomics coordination team to ensure the goals of these programs are achieved in an effective and timely manner.

The vision of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network- Australia (UDN-Aus) is to develop nationally coordinated nodes of clinical and scientific expertise to accelerate diagnosis of rare diseases to over 70%, through implementation of robust, consistent, timely and scalable genomic re-analysis, and enhanced access to frontier genomic technologies and functional testing.

The vision of the Mitochondrial Diagnostic Network for Genomics and Omics (Mito-MDT) is to develop a national network comprising clinicians, researchers, diagnostic scientists and consumers to enable a genomic diagnosis to be achieved in over 70% of patients with suspected mitochondrial disease. We will improve clinical phenotyping by incorporating biomarkers and maximise diagnostic yield by applying novel computational, genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic and other functional testing.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • In cooperation with the Australian Genomics coordination team, develop and maintain ethics approvals, multi-institute agreements and data governance requirements pertaining to the activities of the UDN-Aus and Mito-MDT projects.
  • Coordinating committee, working group and other meetings, with the assistance of the Genetics Theme Director’s PA.
  • Supporting the committees, advisory and working groups of the research programs.
  • Liaising with and provision of support to the state representatives of the UDN-Aus and Mito-MDT research programs.
  • Coordinating projects from grant submission to delivery within the specified timelines and budgets, with appropriate support from the steering committee.
  • Independently prepares for and supports the facilitation of internal and external meetings/workshops with project teams (including internal and external collaborators) to communicate project requirements, champion cross-functional collaboration, and ensure the completion of projects in alignment with set goals.
  • Liaising and managing stakeholder expectations in relation to project delivery (time/resource/cost implications/risk) with support.
  • Managing multiple competing and evolving, individual and project team priorities to ensure no task is forgotten or unduly deprioritised.

Selection Criteria


  • Postgraduate degree(s) in biomedical science, research methods and administration, and/or related disciplines.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the implementation of genomic medicine.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Proven success in workflow design and implementation.
  • Familiarity with spreadsheet software, and a willingness to rapidly learn new systems for tracking projects and workflows.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Highly organised with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Unwavering commitment to continuous quality improvement.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently.
  • An appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with experience communicating to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Comfortable communicating with both technical and non-technical people at every level, including managing upward.
  • Demonstrates independent judgement and initiative.


  • Demonstrated experience in project management including the planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing research budgets.
  • Highly effective written communication skills, with the ability to prepare concise and technically sound grant and tender applications, ethics and governance applications, status updates and other project communications.
  • Experience in genomic medical research.
  • Experience in research ethics and governance.

What’s in it for you:

  • 3 Year Full Time Contract
  • Attractive Salary $77,305 - $97,063 per annum + Super
  • Salary Packaging, Well Being Program and much more.
  • Flexible working options also available.

Apply Now!!

For a full list of responsibilities and the key selection criteria download the position description.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in one document. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t 100% match the exact criteria for this position as the position will have additional support from our internal project manager network. Applications will only be considered when submitted via the MCRI website.

For specific questions not answered in the PD please contact John Christodoulou john.christodoulou@mcri.edu.au or David Thorburn david.thorburn@mcri.edu.au, using the subject line: Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Click apply to proceed with your application.

Position Reference: 29473

On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

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