Human Research Ethics Committee member

Human Research Ethics Committee member

Application closing date: 
Fri, 01/02/2019 - 5:00pm
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is looking to recruit members for its Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

We have the following vacancies:

  • At least one female layperson who has no affiliation with the Institute and does not currently engage in scientific, legal or academic work.
  • At least one lawyer, with preference given to those who are not engaged to advise the Institute.

About the Institute and the committee

Our mission is the mastery of disease through discovery. Our vision is to be an innovative medical research institute that engages and enriches society and improves health outcomes through discovery, translation and education.

It is of paramount important that the Institute’s work is ethical and conducted with the utmost integrity. Therefore, the Institute Board of Directors established the HREC as a sub-committee of the Board in 1978. The primary functions of the HREC are to:

  1. Safeguard the Institute’s research integrity by ensuring that its research is ethical, compliant and properly carried out.
  2. Ensure that the rights and welfare of all research participants are protected, by reviewing the ethical implications of proposed projects according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement).
  3. Ensure all human research projects are designed and conducted in accordance with the National Statement, the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (The Code), and any other guidelines or legislation relevant to the ethical review of research involving humans.

Responsibilities and skills

Each candidate interested in applying for this role must be willing and able to fulfill two key responsibilities:

  1. Each member of must become familiar with the National Statement.
  2. Each member is responsible for deciding whether, according to their judgement, a proposal submitted to the HREC meets the requirements of the National Statement and is ethically acceptable.

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, each member must be able to demonstrate the following skills and qualities:

  1. An ability to listen to and appreciate the views of others, and to formulate and express a considered opinion.
  2. The capacity to understand important ethical issues and how these relate to the National Statement, the Code and other relevant legislation or policies.
  3. Basic computer literacy and the capacity to work online and by email.
  4. Ability to read and review applications prior to meetings.

Applications and additional information

Additional information about the Institute can be found on our website. Applications or specific queries should be sent to Kyle Heffernan, Governance and Ethics Officer.

Please include a cover letter explaining why you are interested and why you think you would be suitable to be a member of the Committee, and please attach your Curriculum Vitae.

Applications will close Friday 1 February 2019 at 5pm.