Research Governance Lead

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, 2-year position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Role 
Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in its 2025 Research Strategy. As part of this agenda, a strong research culture built on the ethical conduct of research, integrity and good governance is essential. This position is instrumental in enhancing the University's administration of clinical research governance and implementing efficient research governance processes to support the university's research endeavors effectively.

The Research Governance Lead at Swinburne University, reporting to the Manager of Research Ethics, Integrity, Governance, and Biosafety, is a critical position responsible for upholding ethical standards and research integrity within the University community. Working within the Research Ethics, Integrity, and Biosafety (REIB) Team under Swinburne Research Services, this role involves integrating best practices in clinical research governance and overseeing governance programs, policies, and initiatives. The Research Governance Lead collaborates with various stakeholders, including academic and professional staff, research students, and external partners, to promote a culture of robust governance.

Operating under broad direction and in collaboration with key university divisions such as Legal Services, Governance and Assurance, Graduate Research, and ethics committee secretariats, the Research Governance Lead ensures the university's compliance with internal, government, and funder policies related to clinical trial research and broader clinical research governance. 

Further information regarding the role can be found in the attached position description.

About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 
  • Excellent project management, organisational and problem-solving skills to deliver effective and timely outcomes
  • Extensive experience in an Ethics/Governance Office or in a clinical trial environment
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise significant judgement in relation to key decisions related to good governance, and to provide sound advice and commentary on issues
  • Sound understanding of relevant industry standards, codes, and governance guidelines related to human clinical trials management and clinical research more broadly

  • Tertiary qualification and extensive relevant experience or combination of relevant experience and/or education/training in clinical research governance

About Swinburne University of Technology 
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

•    Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
•    Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
•    Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
•    Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

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Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

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Applications Close: Thursday 18th April 2024, 5pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Victoria’s Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes 
As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant

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