Research Biospecimen Coordinator

Research BioSpecimen Coordinator

Full time and Fixed Term

  • Newly created position, playing a vital role in the diagnostics and research performed by the ONJCRI and ONJCRI sponsored clinical trials
  • Key linkage between the research and the clinic
  • Access to generous salary packaging benefits


The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI) is a leader in the development of experimental and breakthrough cancer treatments. We investigate and develop treatments for cancers of the breast, bowel, lung, melanoma, prostate, liver, gastrointestinal tract and brain. ONJCRI is integrated within the ONJ Cancer Centre, with research laboratories only metres away from where patients are cared for and receive treatment. This inspires and enables the rapid translation of scientific discoveries into clinical trials leading, to new and better cancer treatment.


A new and exciting opportunity has arisen at a time where we are taking part in a major reshaping of the way we manage biological samples from patients in ONJCRI sponsored studies.


The Research Biospecimen Coordinator will play a fundamental role in developing and maintaining a highly efficient tissue acquisition, provision and management service, implementing new processes, as well as exploring ways of improving quality and efficiency through new working practices, automation and process streamlining.


Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Biospecimen Banking, Database and Coordination

  • Lead the establishment and maintenance of a modernised, HREC & GCP compliant searchable biological sample database (tissue, blood and other samples);
  • Audit and curate archived samples to enable new research collaborations locally and regionally;
  • Establish key relationships with medical oncology and pathology;
  • Liaise with Laboratory and Facilities Manager regarding regulatory compliance;
  • Undertake collection of samples and appropriate banking activities as approved under HREC protocols;
  • Identify opportunities to improve the quality of tissue samples for research purposes;
  • Liaise with members of the Austin Health precinct including the Research Office (HREC and Research Grants Office), to ensure that all processes and procedures are at or above industry standards

Lab-based Research and Associated Activities

  • Basic Cell and Molecular Biology techniques (including RNA/DNA prep, blood sample preparation/freezing) single cell RNAseq, NGS library prep);
  • Microtomy, immunohistochemistry and imaging;
  • Preparation and distribution of results;
  • Update and maintain databases.

About You:

The Research Biospecimen Coordinator requires strong compliance to ethical and regulatory requirements and highly developed verbal and written communication skills to ensure samples, information and reporting can be provided on strict deadlines to various stakeholders. In addition, you will have:

  • Thorough knowledge of relevant regulatory and legislative guidelines regarding biological samples and Good Clinical Practice;
  • Experience in writing or amending human research ethics protocols;
  • Experience in governance activities associated with HREC approvals;
  • Experience with gathering clinical data, human blood/tissue handling and processing and/or tissue and cell culture techniques;
  • Experience in developing SOPs, policies, standards and guidelines;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal;
  • Strong capability to establish and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Ability to work autonomously with excellent time management skills;
  • Ability to analyse data and to produce reports of an interpretive nature;
  • Ability to work with thoroughness, accuracy and attention to detail, with demonstrated innovative problem-solving skills in order to complete projects according to deadlines;
  • Experience with Redcap or similar database, Microsoft Excel, Prism and Access programs.

To Apply:

Please forward your completed application, quoting reference number ONJCRI-063/2020 to Dr Jodie Palmer, Clinical Project Manager, at, with the following information:

  • Your cover letter, stating why you would be a good fit for the role;
  • Your CV;
  • 3 referee details (referees will only be contacted after interview).

Closing date: Friday 23 October 2020