NCTS Terminologist - multiple positions

Date: 28 May 2023

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity




  • Bring your knowledge of FHIR, SNOMED, AMT – clinical terminology experience to work
  • Multiple Terminology positions with full-time opportunities open to major cities
  • Join CSIRO’s AEHRC! A truly collaborative, flexible and inclusive workplace and make improvements to healthcare



The Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) is CSIRO’s national digital health research program, enabling the digital transformation of healthcare to improve services and clinical treatment for Australians and beyond.

We are actively seeking Clinical Terminologists to join our AEHRC team at CSIRO and there are currently three opportunities to pick from depending on your skills and career preference.

As a Clinical Terminologist, you’ll be responsible for creating, standardising and maintaining the SNOMED CT Australian extension, Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) and other terminology content for use, and to facilitate the safe and accurate exchange of information across the health sector.

If you have the expertise or willingness to build a career in clinical terminology, primarily AMT or SNOMED CT experience, and/or have expertise in FHIR terminology resources and SNOMED CT experience and are enthusiastic about making a hands-on contribution to delivering solutions that can be used across multiple projects in an increasingly information-based industry, then do not hesitate to apply.

These opportunities come with a high degree of flexibility in working arrangements from home and office and have the option to be preferably Sydney or Brisbane based or we can consider applicants from the major cities of Australia with some limited travels (if required).

The common duties across the three positions are mentioned in the PD. However, each role has slightly different tenures of employment and slightly different selection criteria based on expertise in AMT, SNOMED CT or FHIR. Review the attached position description on this job advert and mention your choice of role in the pre-screening question, before applying.

Your duties will include:


  • Applying understanding of clinical practice and language to SNOMED CT and other terminology development and modelling requirements to meet the needs of our stakeholders and customers.
  • Developing and maintaining terminology reference sets and value sets and accurately modelling clinical terms and concepts to support research and development projects.
  • Assisting stakeholders and customers in the integration of terminology and clinical information structures.
  • Undertaking mapping activities and documentation for specific projects.
  • Developing and maintaining support documentation and clearly communicating complex terminology to our collaborators and customers.
  • Understanding and participating in local and international discussions regarding the direction of terminology development and implementation.
  • Working with clients and CSIRO researchers and software engineers in developing clinical terminology, software, and solutions to tackle issues in the collection, integration and analysis of clinical and other health data.


Location: Any major cities in AU however, Sydney NSW or Brisbane, QLD preferred

Salary: *AU$89k - AU$114k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Three positions with a mix of Indefinite and specified term roles/ Full-time

Reference: 87102, 87041, 84681

* This pay range is inclusive of both CSOF4 and CSOF5 pay levels and applications are invited across two capability levels. The successful candidate will be appointed at a level that is commensurate with their skills and experience - see the position description for further details.

To be considered you will need to meet some of these criterion

  • Detailed understanding of clinical terminologies design principles, structures and their use cases, good code system design and concept permanence.
  • Understanding of the development of national SNOMED CT content and FHIR terminology resources with experience in the development of value sets and understanding of the binding context for FHIR resources.
  • Experience working in the area of health data standards and clinical terminologies like SNOMED CT, with significant and wide-ranging links to the health data standards and terminologies communities.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to meet deadlines as well as working cooperatively with others in a high-functioning team to meet team objectives
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strong professional and collaborative working relationships.
  • Able to be flexible in responding to change or when faced with external constraints, including the ability to identify and promote opportunities arising as a result of the change.


For full details about all the role, please review the position descriptions.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/ New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only for the indefinite role and also open to Temporary residents with full work rights till the end of the contract for specified term roles with no visa sponsorship support from CSIRO.  Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

11 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST