QUT NACE PhD opportunity

NACE BioRepository and Discovery Data Manager

Australia is the allergy capital of the world, with more than five million people living with allergic disease.

As the nation’s peak allergy research body, the National Allergy Centre of Excellence (NACE) will develop the tools and resources needed to help save lives, improve health and reduce the burden allergies.

The NACE Repository and Discovery Pillar, led by Professor Janet Davies of Queensland University of Technology’s Allergy Research Group, is offering this NACE BioRepository and Discovery Data Manager role. The successful candidate will drive the design, implementation, access and utilisation of the NACE BioRepository platform to help accelerate allergy research across Australia.

About the role:

The Data Manager appointed to the role will have an opportunity to engage collaboratively with leading national allergy and respiratory researchers, physicians and scientists. The role will lead the scoping and development of framework for effective data and biospecimen management, to maximize access and sharing in relation to the National Allergy Metadata Platform and the National Allergy BioRespository.

The person appointed will devise and implement efficient and secure procedures for sample and data handling, flow, storage, linkage and analysis with attention to all technical aspects of data management and establish guidelines and procedures for enabling requests for access and data sharing.

This role will work closely and collaboratively with researchers and data leads from around the country and internationally in the development of appropriate use of sample and data assets,  ensuring adherence to legislation, research ethical and governance approvals, and National Health Data and Information Standards.

The innovative research systems and data insights from the National Allergy BioRrepository will be shared with the international scientific community through academic pathways, and communicated with key clinical and government stakeholders associated with the NACE.

  • Applications close at 11:30pm on 1 October 2023.
  • For more information about the role and how to apply please visit: Seek or QUT.

Please direct any inquiries to Professor Janet Davies (ORCID ID):

NACE jobs

NACE Repository and Discovery Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Term: Fixed-term, full-time basis 12 months
  • Remuneration: Total remuneration range: $125,576 to $149,137 pa (LEVB) (inclusive of $106,113 to $126,022 salary pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading)
  • Location: Kelvin Grove, QUT School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Academic Division.
  • Applications Close: 11.30pm 4 October 2023

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking a NACE Postdoctoral Fellow to join QUT's School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Academic Division.

The primary purpose of the National Allergy Centre of Excellence Repository and Discovery Postdoctoral Fellow position is to contribute to the QUT research component for the National Allergy Research Centre Pillar 2: Repository and Discovery, which has an overall aim of integration of allergy patient biospecimens and health data, to enable allergy researchers to harness the power of big data analysis to drive individualised allergy healthcare.

This role will be focussed on scoping current biobanking and biorepository activity and unmet clinical allergy research needs to inform the design of a National Allergy BioRepository and Discovery Platform that will house data and biospecimens from Australian adults and children living with allergy.

The Repository will also house a comprehensive metadata platform which will be used to promote the discoverability and reuse of both prospectively-collected research data and biospecimens generated through NACE activities, as well as existing data and biospecimens from studies and clinical allergy research trials that have been completed or are already in progress by collaborators from external partner organisations who are members of NACE allergy streams; respiratory, insect, food and drug allergy.

What you need to succeed

  1. Completion of a PhD in Public Health, Digital Health or other scientific discipline and five to ten years of relevant experience health, science and/or clinical research with a focus on community engagement or research participation.
  2. High level of communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and constructively with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary national team environment, and work with a range of collaborators and stakeholders including consumers, clinicians and researchers.
  3. Demonstrated skill and experience in a range of survey and qualitative research approaches applicable to understanding scope of activity as well as perspectives and needs of diverse stakeholders with respect to allergy clinical trials, biobanking and health data repositories.
  4. Comprehensive working knowledge of The Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research, the NHMRC National Statement, research governance processes and relevant privacy laws, particularly how these pertain to research use of human biospecimens, health data and biorepositories.
  5. High level organisational skills, including demonstrated ability to manage confidential research records and data, and successfully manage workload to meet deadlines.
  6. Demonstrated ability to build strong professional networks, and the ability to present research findings to academic audiences, health consumers and clinicians.
  7. Demonstrated experience in writing research publications, including evidence of significant research outcomes.
  8. Demonstrated experience in working with peers, supporting other team members and mentoring postgraduate research students.
  9. Awareness of clinical research, digital health, and/or development and use of biorepositories, and the allergy field would be highly desirable.

To find out more and apply visit: Queensland University of Technology - NACE Postdoctoral Fellow (

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