2 Jul
Junior Lawyer

Junior Lawyer

Permanent, full-time or part-time available

Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW

Reporting to: Legal & Governance Manager

About you

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Limited is seeking a dedicated and adaptable Junior Lawyer to join our expanding legal team. With a genuine interest in medical research, you are eager to contribute to impactful projects at the intersection of science and law. This is a unique opportunity that could suit a recent law graduate or early career lawyer seeking to gain comprehensive exposure to legal issues within a renowned medical research institute.

Adaptable and enthusiastic, you thrive in collaborative environments and are keen to develop a diverse range of legal skills. Your passion for working with technical language and jargon, coupled with your strong relationship building skills, makes you well-suited to tackle the varied challenges of this role independently and as part of a small and supportive team.

The role

This is a unique opportunity to be involved in the fascinating and impactful field of medical research, working on a broad range of legal matters within a dynamic and collaborative environment. As our Institute grows, so does the need for a robust legal team to support our mission and initiatives.
Reporting to the Legal & Governance Manager, the Junior Lawyer will be working on a broad range of legal matters, primarily responsible for reviewing and drafting of legal documents.

What we will trust you with

Key responsibilities

  • Ongoing review and updating of the Institute's policies and procedures, particularly in corporate governance, research governance and data governance.
  • Management of contracts databases, data governance systems and processes.
  • Drafting and reviewing a variety of contracts including but not limited to research agreements, service agreements, licensing agreements and confidentiality agreements.
  • Mitigation and management of corporate risk, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Involvement in research integrity and research governance projects.
  • Supporting strategic intellectual property initiatives and providing legal advice on general commercial matters.

Does this sound like you?

  • Tertiary qualification in law (LLB) and admission to practice as a solicitor in Australia with a current practising certificate.
  • Up to 3 years of experience in private practice or in-house, with solid experience in commercial law and general corporate matters.
  • Exceptional writing skills with expertise in drafting contracts, policies, reports, and other communications.
  • Strong oral communication skills with the ability to clearly and succinctly express complex concepts.
  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical and strategic thinking abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the capability to work autonomously, within a small team and with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated integrity in all professional matters.
  • Competency in key desktop applications (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and database management.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.


  • Medical research institute or intellectual property experience.

About us

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease and is an internationally respected heart research facilities. Renowned for the quality of its breakthroughs, the Institute was established in 1994 and has grown to a team of more than 200 researchers from around the globe, working across five divisions.

A global centre-of-excellence, it integrates Cardiac Physiology and Transplantation, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology, as well as Vascular Biology. At the Institute, we translate our discoveries into new diagnostics and the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease - reducing the incidence, severity and impact of heart disease. ​

What you will be proud of

Being part of an Institute that is not only dedicated to finding cures for cardiovascular disease but one that also strives to ensure our employees and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces diversity and gender equity.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. We also welcome applicants with diverse educational backgrounds, professional knowledge, personality types, thinking styles and life experiences. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

What we offer

  • Salary packaging/sacrificing (up to $15,900 per annum plus $2,650 for meals and entertainment)
  • State of the art facilities
  • Stimulating work setting focused on cutting edge medical research
  • Collaborative team environment
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities

Come and work with us & help make a difference.​