Research Officer, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Townsville, Australia
08 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Position Overview

The Research Officer’s primary function is to undertake the research efforts of the Education Research Grant (ERG), which is a mixed methods study exploring the educational and program impact of strategies to increase high quality GP registrar supervision and training in underserved communities in northwestern Queensland.

This grant has specific research activity and intended outcomes that is fully described in the funding grant and the Research Officer will be responsible for delivering these in conjunction with senior Academic staff in the College of Medicine and Dentistry.

In addition, it is anticipated that the Research Officer will also work collaboratively on the development of related research activities and provide advice and assistance to others on the design of research and evaluation projects, ethical requirements, the use of appropriate research methods, and interpretation and publication of research findings. 

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Lead the development and conduct of research for the newly established GP training posts in underserved areas as described in the ERG funding agreement.
  2. Under this grant, evaluate the newly established training posts, measure the educational impact of training in underserved areas and the impact of training posts on local communities.
  3. Monitor the progress of research activity, tracking evaluation data/activities and ethical compliance.
  4. Identify and pursue opportunities for funding of related research projects including writing of competitive research grant applications from internal and external sources.
  5. Assist with the preparation of publications from the research and evaluation data in high quality, peer reviewed, journals and write progress reports for the group.
  6. Contribute to activity and  progress reports for the funding agency as well as other articles, reports and presentations.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities  

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  

  1. The Research Officer is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Research Officer is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. 
  3. The Research Officer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • This position may be required to travel within the region and to other GMT locations in north western Queensland and may include overnight stays and after hours work on occasion.
  • The incumbent is required to hold a current ‘C’ class Queensland Drivers licence.

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Relevant post graduate qualification with understanding of ethical research protocols and practice and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. Experience in a research environment, with knowledge of funding mechanisms, requirements for funded research and ethics approvals and processes.
  3. Knowledge and skills in research methods and analysis relevant to education and program evaluation.
  4. Experience in preparation and publishing of research material for various media including journals and conference presentations.
  5. High-level organisational and time management skills; ability to work largely unsupervised and respond to competing priorities.
  6. Demonstrable high-level communication skills with experience in relating to a range of stakeholders, ability to write effectively and competency in the use of Information and Communication Technology.


  1. Experience of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in a respectful and inclusive manner.
  2. Experience in writing and monitoring human research ethics applications. 
  3. A PhD, or progress towards, in a relevant area.