Research Assistant in Public Health

Sydney, Australia
Mar 15, 2019
End of advertisement period
Mar 31, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: From $72,473 to $82,399 p.a. (HEW Level 5) plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type: 18 months, full-time
  • Location: Macquarie University (North Ryde)

The Role

We are seeking a Research Assistant with a proven track record in clinical research to provide research support to the lead investigators of the Back Complaints in the Elderly: Chiropractic – Australia study. This project will provide important insights into the primary care management of older people with back pain in Australia. The successful applicant will coordinate and assist with the collection and management of practice-based research data through online survey platforms, assist in the analysis of large datasets, and synthesise and prepare data for presentations and publications. The opportunity to learn and be mentored by chiropractic and other academics with research experience is one of the many reasons working at Macquarie University in the Department of Chiropractic is so highly sought after and valued.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Helping to administer and coordinate clinical research projects
  • Coordinate practitioner training workshops
  • Assist in the collection and management of practice-based research data through online survey platforms and assist with the analysis of large datasets
  • Work independently and as part of a team, while being able to meet tight deadlines and adapt workloads as necessary.

About You

You will have knowledge gained from a relevant degree in public health or health science and have previous research experience, ideally within the university sector. You will be proficient in the coordination and implementation of policies and procedures related to clinical research. You will demonstrate a strong attention to detail and be able to work with local and international research partners. You will be an excellent communicator with healthcare clinicians in the field, have strong interpersonal skills, and you thrive off working in a team and collaborating with a range of stakeholders.

Your experience with statistical software such as STATA and SPSS, coupled with your advanced computer skills including MS Office, online survey platforms (such as Qualtrics or REDCap) and research software (such as EndNote and NVivo) will set you up to succeed in this role.

About Us

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is one of Macquarie University’s strongest research faculties and excels in all research indicators including publications, internal and external competitive research grants, research contracts, Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowships, distinguished visitors and postgraduate student numbers. The Department of Chiropractic, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering delivers Australia’s oldest University based Chiropractic degree, preparing work ready chiropractors with an evidence-based view to address and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, applicants will need to respond to the below selection criteria in their CV and a 1-2 page cover letter:

Essential criteria:

  • A tertiary degree in a relevant discipline including public health, health science, or health services research
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating a clinical research project, preferably in the university sector
  • Demonstrated experience using online survey platforms (Qualtrics or REDCap) and managing large databases
  • Experience using statistical software such as such as STATA, SPSS and experience with NVivo
  • Excellent research organisational skills and time management skills, including meeting competing deadlines

Note: This position requires a criminal record check

Role Enquiries: Dr Katie de Luca, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow via e-mail

Applications Close: Sunday 31 March 2019 at 11:55 pm (AEDT)

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