Research Data Manager

Black Dog Institute, Posted 06 May 2019

  • Become part of a team that is devoted to making the world a mentally healthier place
  • Design, implement and manage systems to enable collection, analysis and reporting of data to determine outcomes for multiple large-scale implementation studies
  • Full-time 2 year contract

About the Institute:

The Black Dog Institute is a Medical Research Institute and a global leader in translational mental health research. We harness the latest technology and other tools to quickly turn our world-class research findings into clinical services, education and e-health products that improve the lives of people with mental illness and the wider community.

We pride ourselves on translating our own world leading Workplace Mental Health research into an award-winning culture that encompasses a holistic view of wellbeing. We aim to create a positive, mentally healthy workplace that recognises the importance of meaningful work, balanced lifestyles, psychological well-being and continual learning whilst being guided by our core values - Collaboration, Compassion, Excellence, Innovation and Respect.

We offer:

  • - Competitive salaries
  • - Salary packaging
  • - Commitment to Learning and Development
  • - Flexible working hours and work-life balance
  • - Generous parental leave policy
  • - Pet friendly office
  • - Social and team events

About the Role:

The purpose of this position is to design, implement and manage systems to enable the collection, analysis and reporting of data to determine outcomes for large-scale implementation studies. Working across the Future Proofing and Prevention Hub Trials, the position will be responsible for creating unified study databases combining data from existing, ongoing data collections managed by internal and external project partners, and establishing a reporting platform allowing for routine access by project investigators, and visualisation of research outcomes for a range of audiences.

The position works collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams across Discovery, Innovation and Corporate Services. It will require an understanding of the research environment, along with core expertise in data management, including data security, data governance and in the development of data protocols and procedures.

Your responsibilities:

  • Develop the data plan for research studies, including recommendations for technologies, formats, operating models and decisioning platforms.
  • Develop protocols, processes and dictionaries to support data management and access across studies, considering data security, data governance and broader research ethics requirements.
  • Manage the collection and integration of data from a range of data providers, including setting up and implementing systems and procedures for quality assurance (quality control, data checking and cleaning large datasets), as well as data extraction for analysis.
  • Manage the study databases to enable researchers to generate insights into study progress and recommendations for improvements to study data collection procedures.
  • Ensure that database development and management will integrate with ongoing data collection processes.
  • Internal and external liaison, consultation and knowledge exchange with stakeholders including data custodians.
  • Provide accurate and timely data to support research reporting as requested and contribute to the dissemination of results.
  • Develop database systems and architecture using specialised fit-for-purpose software such as SAS.

Selection Criteria:


  • Tertiary qualification in information technology, health information management or a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and managing SQL-Server based database systems for large-scale health projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in SAS or similar software for data management, analysis and reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience in quality control, data checking and cleaning of large-scale datasets, including data manipulation and extraction.
  • Experience in the development of documented data management plans and data governance processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of internal and external stakeholders, using excellent consultation and negotiation skills to produce positive project outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large projects to time and on budget.
  • Proven ability to work flexibly and adapt as necessary to the demands of multiple projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, with an outstanding level of attention to detail.
  • A knowledge of EEO principles and WH&S responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant WH&S training.


  • Experience in data management for health research. Experience in mental health research highly desirable.
  • Experience of working within a research ethics governance framework.
  • Proven experience with linkage of health service data.
  • Proven experience with visual analytics tools, e.g. SAS.
  • Previous experience working in the not-for-profit sector.

To apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter addressing your match to each of the selection criteria listed on the position description to [email protected].

If you have any queries or would like further information, please email [email protected]

Applications close: 15 May 2019

The Black Dog Institute is an EEO Employer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Please download the position description.

LOCATION: Randwick

TYPE: Full-Time

INDUSTRY: Analytics



Rachel Chen

[email protected]

93 822 981