Clinical Trials Research Nurse - Institute for Respiratory Health

Clinical Trials Research Nurse

Full-time position (reduced hours negotiable)

  • Based at the Harry Perkins Institute, Nedlands and the ICON Cancer Centre in Midland
  • Generous not-for-profit salary packaging benefits (up to $18,550)
  • 17% Superannuation
  • 17.5% Leave Loading
  • 5 weeks annual leave (as per Nurses Award 2020)

The Institute for Respiratory Health (Inc) is a not-for-profit medical research institute, carrying out scientific and clinical research into the treatment and management of lung disease such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. Our Mission is that we bring together world-class researchers to develop new ideas, treatments and better health outcomes for people living with respiratory disease.

Within the Institute sits the Clinical Trials Unit, one of the largest respiratory trials clinics in Australia. The Institute co-ordinates clinical trials across 2 sites, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands and the ICON Cancer Centre in Midland.

We are seeking an experienced research nurse to join our team to work across both sites. Training will initially be at the Nedlands site. The position is a permanent full-time position (with the possibility of working 4 days per week).

Our Mission is that we bring together world-class researchers to develop new ideas, treatments and better health outcomes for people living with respiratory disease.

Position Purpose

The Research Nurse (RN) is a research professional working with and under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI) and the Clinical Trials Manager. The RN is the critical contact person for the day-today conduct of the study(s) and needs to be present at all participant visits. The Research Nurse oversees and advocates for all the participants and families in the study, ensuring their safety. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the study(s), the Research Nurse assists with participant recruitment, ethics application processes, and adverse event reporting. The Research Nurse must be a Registered Nurse (RN).

About the Role

Key Responsibilities / Duties

  • Providing nursing care to research study participants:
  • Contribute to the Institute’s research activities within the Clinical Trials Unit under direction of the Principal Investigator and Clinical Trials Manager.
  • Ensures compliance with each study’s protocol by providing thorough review and documentation at each participant study visit.
  • Administers investigational medications and performs patient assessments during clinic visits to determine presence of side effects; notifies Principal Investigator of findings/issues.
  • Liaise with sponsors, medical and research staff, ethics committees and other internal and external parties.
  • Provides patient education and medical information to study patients to ensure understanding of proper medication dosage, administration and disease treatment with respect to cystic fibrosis, lung fibrosis, COPD and other respiratory diseases.
  • Performs medical tests, including, but not limited to, vital signs, spirometry, and electrocardiograms.
  • Participates in recruitment and selection of study participants by interviewing and documenting medical history to determine compliance with eligibility requirements.
  • Other related duties as required.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:


  • A tertiary qualification in Bachelor of Nursing.
  • Current registration with AHPRA – Division 1.
  • Current knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) principles.
  • Proven experience in a clinical trials environment, including recruitment, enrolment and data management.
  • Competence with critical assessment of vital signs, administration of subcutaneous injections, taking ECGs, and signs of clinical deterioration; as well as educating participants and families per study protocol.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with the ability to establish priorities.
  • Demonstrated advanced IT skills (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Proven initiative, ability to work within a team, as well as autonomously, ability to handle multiple tasks with ease, high attention to detail with excellent time management.
  • High level documentation and communication skills.
  • Understanding of the ethical issues relating to research involving patients, including patient confidentiality.


  • Experience in a clinical trials environment, including recruitment, enrolment and data management.
  • Knowledge of basic epidemiology, aetiology and treatment of respiratory diseases.
  • Skills in techniques related to assessment of respiratory function, IV cannulation and in phlebotomy.

Appointment Prerequisites

  • National Police Clearance.
  • Provision of the minimum identity proofing requirements.
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency is an essential requirement for applicants to be considered for this role.

To apply, please click the ‘APPLY HERE’ button and forward both a cover letter addressing the selection criteria in no more than 2-3 pages AND a detailed curriculum vitae which summarises your experience and how you can meet the position requirements.  Your resume should include the contact details of two referees. For more information about the position, please contact Meagan Shorten on 6151 0944 or email

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 14 February 2024

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Institute for Respiratory Health reserves the right to appoint by invitation or not to appoint.