Senior Research Associate in Medicine

Sydney, Australia
19 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs of Concern (NCCRED) is a new national entity that supports clinical treatment interventions across the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) spectrum from prevention to dependence at all levels of severity and for all population groups.

The Centre is made up of a consortium of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), acting as lead agency, St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA), National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) – Curtin University of Technology, and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) – Flinders University. The Senior Research Associate will be responsible for leading the Centre’s Workforce Development Strategy.

This role reports to the Director (NCCRED) and has no direct reports

About the role

  • $103 - $122k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 18 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Audit existing guidance materials, assess evidence and identify gaps.
  • Develop best-evidence practitioner-driven, clinical practice guidelines that align with existing guidelines and fill identified gaps.
  • Produce new practical decision-aid tools for clinicals that summarise best practice in multiple settings.
  • Disseminate the guidelines and decision-aids through effective strategies, including conducting of training and education where indicated.
  • Identify and disseminate current models of best practice/clinical excellence in service delivery.
  • Support existing State and Territory community and practitioner telephone advice services to deliver harmonised evidence based information and support via new national hotline.
  • Development and implement a multi-disciplinary National Mentoring Program.
  • Facilitate the collection of comparable treatment outcomes data across settings and studies, and thus a framework for comparing the efficacy of different treatment models and development of benchmarking, continuous monitoring and quality improvement systems.
  • Together with Senior Research Associate – Clinical Research Lead and the National Clinical Research Centre (NCRN), organise annual symposium.
  • Work closely with the Director and the Knowledge Translation and Clinical Excellence Lead to develop a web platform to facilitate network communications and sharing of resources.
  • Develop a work plan with the Director and the Clinical Research Lead, implement the work plan according to timelines and manage budget.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.

Selection Criteria 

  • Registered nurse, psychologist, social worker, pharmacist, medical or other health practitioner with current AHPRA registration (or eligible for registration with significant clinical experience).
  • A PhD or equivalent in drug and alcohol research or education.
  • Demonstrable experience in research translation and training to clinical audiences.
  • Proven ability to proactive interact, collaborate and network with internal and external stakeholders at all organisational levels.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and constructively in a clinical setting.
  • High level organisational skills and proven ability to deal with multiple tasks, establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with an ability to relate to stakeholders from all backgrounds.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online


Nadine Ezard


T: 02 8382 1012

Applications close: 11:00 pm 19th October 2018