Research Assistant, Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education

Auckland, New Zealand
26 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading University, with a turnover of $1.1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of New Zealand's largest employers.

We are a dynamic academic centre within the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland. Our projects and research interests are varied and include human factors, patient safety and simulation, with a focus on perioperative acute care teams, and assessment of performance in the clinical workplace. We value high quality research outputs, active engagement with our affiliated university and hospital departments and with our international collaborators, with the ultimate goal of contributing to improved patient care.

We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and engaged individual to join our Research team. The successful candidate will have a post-graduate degree, preferably a PhD, in a relevant field (e.g. social sciences, psychology, or health services research). The work will be related to research in patient safety, teamwork and communication, competency based medical education, analysis of variability in patient care pathways, and human factors in healthcare. Specific projects will include applied research on NetworkZ (a national, multidisciplinary operating room simulation-based team training programme), a qualitative study exploring supervisor decisions competency and workplace assessment, and a project aimed at reducing unwanted variability in the care pathways of heart surgery patients.

The successful candidate will require an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, ability to conduct systematic literature reviews, and excellent academic writing and verbal communication skills. There is scope for the successful candidate to develop his or her own research interests and projects within this role, with an expectation to submit grant applications for ongoing funding, and to become a part of the wider research activities of the Centre. The position may be at the research assistant or research fellow level depending the applicant’s qualifications.

Additional Information

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through flexible employment practices and a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential. We offer a competitive salary, five weeks’ annual leave, and over 300 different career development courses.

In addition, the University offers a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information on the benefits of working here, see the Staff Benefits page on our careers site.

How to apply

Applications close Sunday, 15 December 2019.

If you hold the experience requested above and want to work for one of Auckland’s largest employers, please submit your CV with a cover letter outlining what strengths you would bring to this position.

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