Postdoctoral Research Associate

Adelaide, Australia
Friday, 5 February 2021
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Thursday, 25 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-Term, Part-Time at 0.5FTE - Available for 22 Months

Compensation Grade:
Research Level A

Salary Range:
$76,955 - $93,259 pa

Reporting To:
Professor Lily Xiao or Delegate

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

The Research Associate will undertake research in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences under the broad direction of the supervisor. In working with the supervisor and research team, the position will contribute to design, implementation, and analysis of data.

The Research Associate will work with a research team across Australia and greater China (Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) to adapt the World Health Organization’s iSupport for Dementia program in the Chinese communities in these study sites.

Working with the support and guidance from a more senior academic, this position will make an active contribution to the research project to improve online education and training for informal Chinese carers of people living with dementia in Australia and greater China. The incumbent will be expected to develop their expertise in research with an increasing degree of autonomy by assisting in the coordination of research activities across study sites, participating in data collection, data analysis and report findings.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Research Associate is accountable for:

Actively support and contribute to the research activities in Australia and Greater China in the Chinese iSupport for Dementia program, an online education and skill training program for informal carers of people living with dementia. Assist in conducting consultations with carers and service providers using focus groups to co-design implementation strategies and modify the generic web-based Chinese iSupport for Dementia program. Under limited supervision assist in finalising the program based on feedback from stakeholders.

Assist in providing an online training program to program facilitators and researchers in multicentre trial sites to standardise the implementation and evaluation of the iSupport for Dementia program using the training manual developed by the research team. With support and guidance from the Chief investigator, recruit Chinese family carers to the multicentre trial site in Australia and assist in conducting the trial under the supervision of the project leader. Assist in the dissemination of the Chinese iSupport for Dementia program to relevant stakeholders nationally and internationally. Assist in the preparation and submission of a publishable report on this project by completion of the contract. Some out of hours work (including weekends) as well as rural SA, interstate and overseas travel, may be required.

Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Completion of a PhD in nursing or health science discipline.
  • Demonstrated emerging research experience in terms of publications and presentations at a national and/or international level in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute data collection and qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Mandarin in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of high-quality publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver project targets on time.
  • An understanding of contemporary issues in health care, aged care and delivery of health policies.
  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to collaborate and engage with diverse stakeholders and industry partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to critically review the literature in relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake collaborative research and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and industry.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in an academic environment.
  • An understanding of challenges in management of dementia care (desirable)
  • Experience in dementia care (highly desirable).
  • Evidence of contribution to online platform development such web-based education programs (desirable).

Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59 pm:

25 Feb 2021