Senior Research Officer, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Sydney, Australia
26 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) was established at the University of New South Wales by the Commonwealth Government in 1986 to extend the knowledge base required for effective treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug related problems and to enhance the overall research capacity in the drug and alcohol field. The Centre is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, for its contribution to drug and alcohol research.

The Senior Research Officer will be overseeing key parts of the Drug Trends program. The Drug Trends program is an internationally renowned system which NDARC has coordinated since 1996. The program is key to identifying emerging problems in substance use in Australia and providing impetus for policy responses and intervention. The Drug Trends program is entering an exciting new phase, adopting novel methods to respond to new challenges in monitoring substance use (e.g., online drug marketplaces, availability of new psychoactive substances) and innovative communication strategies to reach national and international audiences.

About the role:

  • 2.5 year Fixed-term, Full-time contract with possible extension, funding dependent
  • $95, 462 - $103, 318 (+ 17% Superannuation & Leave loading)
  • Sydney, Australia based

The Senior Research Officer position is a diverse role that involves project and employee management, as well as overseeing the development and delivery of outputs connected to the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) projects. The IDRS and EDRS are national illicit drug monitoring systems intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets. The Research Officer will oversee the planning, execution, and evaluation of the annual cycle of data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination. This role is integral to the smooth running of the program, and is key to keeping stakeholders, employees, collaborators, and people who use drugs involved and connected to the Drug Trends program.

The role of Senior Research Officer reports to the study Chief Investigator and has four direct reports. Please review the position description for more details on the role requirements.

Skills and Experience

  • Honours degree in psychology, public health, health sciences, or social sciences.
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills, including the ability to supervise employees, prioritise tasks, and meet deadlines. Previous experience coordinating multi-site research projects would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience in data management and conducting applied/advanced quantitative data analysis. Training in analysing trends over time and/or in data visualisation would be advantageous.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills including the ability to contribute to research outputs and reports for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a high level of independence and in a team, liaising with other agencies and professionals.
  • Experience interacting with marginalised or at-risk populations in a research context, and in complying with ethical, legal, and policy requirements.
  • Evidence of bringing innovation and improvements in achieving core objectives and outputs, including reflecting on and improving own work practice.

You will need to be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident to apply for this role. Background checks may also be required.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Contacts (For job related queries only):

Dr Amy Peacock -

Applications close: 11pm, Monday 9th December 2019 

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