Professional and academic roles at CTC

Within our trials program, we have a range of opportunities for candidates with an interest or experience in clinical trials development and management. We have included some further information about types of roles below, but if you share our vision for improving health outcomes through high quality research, please visit The University of Sydney careers page and search ‘clinical trials’.


Examples of roles in clinical trial development and operations

Clinical Trials Assistant (CTA)

The Clinical Trials Assistant (CTA) works as part of the clinical trials research team in a support role performing general administrative duties under direction, for one or more concurrent clinical trial projects.

This is a great entry level role for candidates with a Bachelor degree, a strong interest and/or some experience in clinical research.

Trial Operations Coordinator (TOC)

The Trial Operations Coordinator (TOC) provides clinical trial knowledge and expertise to the Site Investigators, Site Coordinators and works with the research team to support clinical trial conduct.

Our TOCs have a few years’ experience in clinical research and are looking to take on more responsibility for a single project or series of small trials.

Senior Trial Operations Coordinator (STOC)

The Senior Trial Operations Coordinator (STOC) provides high level clinical trial knowledge and expertise to the Site Investigators, Site Coordinators and works with the research team to support trial conduct.

Increasing collaboration with and engagement of internal and external stakeholders is an important next step responsibility for the STOC role, building on their 3-5 years’ research management experience.  STOCs are often given more day to day autonomy for trial management and will sometimes have supervision responsibilities for more junior staff.

Clinical Trial Operations Lead (CTOL)

The Clinical Trial Operations Lead (CTOL) is an important clinical research project manager role at the CTC, responsible for the overall management, co-ordination and administration of a number of projects (typically 3+) within a specific therapeutic area. Relationship development and stakeholder management are key objectives of this role, as is formal staff supervision.

For candidates with 5+ years trial management experience, the CTC’s CTOL role offers staff the opportunity to develop their project and program management skills, while further refining their high-level knowledge of clinical trial design and operations.

Clinical Trials Program Manager (CTPM)

The Clinical Trials Program Manager (CTPM) role is one of the CTC’s most senior trial operations roles and is responsible for leading all operational activities across a designated therapeutic or strategic area. The Program Manager supervises and directs the activities of CTOL’s and other staff, ensuring compliance with CTC SOPs, applicable regulations, as well as quality, resourcing, time, financial and other relevant requirements.

CTPMs have significant experience in clinical trials management and demonstrate significant leadership skills.

Clinical Data Programmer (CDP)

The Clinical Data Programmer (CDP) will use their expert programming skills to provide support to the Clinical Data Management team to better manage and report on the clinical trial data. CDPs typically have at least 4 years’ experience in programming, ideally in the clinical setting.

This is a great role for experienced programmers who are keen to branch into clinical trials and enjoy a challenge, as they will work on a variety of trials performing various programming tasks.

Clinical Data Manager (CDM)

The Clinical Data Manager (CDM) works with one or more trial teams to ensure the data collected for that trial are complete and accurate. This includes working collaboratively to plan for data collection, and then reviewing and reporting on the data. This role suits people who have a strong eye for detail, and have some experience in managing data in the clinical setting.

Senior Clinical Data Manager (SCDM)

The Senior Clinical Data Manager (SCDM) applies their expert data management knowledge to lead and advise on the data management for one or more trials which are more complex in nature. The SCDM is expected to work more independently and sometimes coach junior data management staff. This role suits data managers who have at least 4 years’ experience in data management, and are looking for their next challenge.

Clinical Data Systems Coordinator

The Clinical Data Systems Coordinator provides expertise and implementation of the clinical data systems for clinical trials. Responsibilities include designing, developing, testing and maintaining case report forms and clinical data systems.

This includes working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

Previous experience in specifying and implementing data systems or processes to ensure the collection and quality of data is required.

Other opportunities to work at CTC

Outside of our clinical trials, CTC employs staff in other research areas (eg. biostatistics, health economics, health technology assessments, systematic reviews etc.) as well as staff with research support experience (eg. finance, contracts, workforce coordination, grants, IT etc.). Over the last 33+ years the CTC has earned an enviable reputation for providing staff with amazing opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.