Executive Manager Clinical and Research Services – St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research

Posted 12 July 2021

  • Lead and grow within this cutting-edge biomedical research facility
  • Be part of decision making that impacts NRL’s standing in the world
  • Joint appointment with another Medical Research Institute, University or Hospital highly desirable

Australia’s National (Serology) Reference Laboratory (NRL) is an operating division of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) and our mission is to promote the quality of tests and testing for infectious diseases globally.  NRL was first established as part of the Australian Government’s HIV and AIDS strategy in 1985. Contracted by the Department of Health, WHO and other NGOs, NRL supports collaborative scientific partners worldwide in the promotion of accurate diagnosis and management of human communicable diseases.

Designated by WHO as a Collaborating Centre for diagnostics and laboratory support in 1985, we provide a range of complementary products and services both to the Australian market and globally, which improve the quality of testing for infectious diseases. Our extensive expertise in assessing and monitoring IVD performance and the quality assurance of laboratories using the IVDs provides greater certainty and depth of understanding of test results, particularly at times when usual frameworks and systems are not operating as designed (i.e. during a pandemic).

This position is accountable for the leadership, scientific integrity and oversight of NRL’s Specialized Testing Services, Research and Development (R&D) stream and the SVI Biobank. It will provide a high level of interpretive analysis, scientific vision and strategic leadership to these services. The incumbent will possess a broad industry knowledge of IVDs for infectious diseases and have an established profile within that field. A key focus of this role will be to build new relations and research opportunities and strengthen existing relationships and collaborations between NRL and other MRIs working in infectious diseases as well as SVI research and clinical research activities on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus.  Building on these relationships, as well as with industry leaders, suppliers and other researchers, the role will contribute to the identification of emerging trends and to the development of scientific strategies to ensure NRL is well positioned to thrive in a changing environment. The vision is for the incumbent to create and actively lead a proactive and collaborative team of specialized clinical and research services that link to infectious disease research and the diagnostics industry, globally.

The key responsibilities of this position include: 

  • Scientific Expertise &Leadership for the scientific services provided, including External Quality Assessment Schemes(design and  manufacture) and Diagnostic/ Reference Testing.
  • Strategic and relationship management – in particular developing    and maintaining relationships with diagnostic and blood screening laboratories nationally and internationally, World Health Organization, in-vitro diagnostic device(IVD) Manufacturers, and other relevant potential clients
  • Operational oversight – establish research agreements and MOU’s, ethics approvals, material transfer agreements and partnerships that will allow new opportunities to be successful as well as ensuring that all Q&A requirements are met.
  • Quality and Risk Management – ensure compliance of scientific operations with all relevant accreditation and regulatory bodies, legislation, and industry guidelines. Identify risks, assess, report and manage them appropriately.
  • People Leadership – provide ongoing leadership and support to the testing, R&D and BioBank teams, including professional development, coaching and mentoring.

To be short-listed for this responsible role, you will need to be a medical practitioner with relevant specialist qualifications (RACP / RCPA) and/or scientific PhD or professional Fellowship (AIMS or RCPA) qualifications.

You will be able to demonstrate  well-established experience and a solid reputation in a senior leadership role in an infectious diseases medical research and/or clinical / laboratory setting with relevant publications.

You will be comfortable with public speaking and be able to provide evidence of your presentations and involvement with professional committees.

Proficiency and depth of experience and knowledge across Infectious diseases testing and its regulations highly desirable as is experience in establishing standards and processes used to underpin the development of new and novel assays and/or processes for targeted assay development/adoption for use in preclinical/clinical trials.

A broad industry knowledge of, and professional networks in infectious diseases IVD and pathology laboratory networks is essential.

To be considered you shall be required to provide evidence that you have permanent working rights in Australia or hold a relevant working visa to work full-time hours.



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