Research Assistant

Adelaide, Australia
07 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
29 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, part-time (0.6 FTE) available until 31 December 2021

Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 5

Salary Range:
$71,596.00 - $79,016 FTE

Reporting to:
Research Fellow in Aboriginal Health

The Research Assistant will work under general supervision to support research activity as part of a project identifying ways to optimise the early detection of ear disease and hearing impairment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. These research activities will include liaising with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, conducting yarning and semi-structured interviews with a range of stakeholders, facilitating data collection, and conducting data analysis. There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position.

The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and s65 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Research Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating the organisation and running of Yarning sessions and semi-structured interviews with Aboriginal participants, healthcare providers and stakeholders.
  • Coordinating the organisation and documentation of study related meetings, including the Investigator Group and Advisory Group meetings.
  • Coordinating the organisation of study related documentation, including managing data integrity, ensuring confidentiality and the safe storage of records and files (electronic and hard copy).
  • Acting as liaison for the study team with stakeholders, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and community members.
  • Conducting literature searches using Medline/Pubmed and other databases to identify studies relevant to the aims of the project, downloading and copying publications, maintaining an Endnote database of publications.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with supervisor.
  • Some intrastate travel is required.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • A degree in health sciences or public health, or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education/training.
  • Identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.
  • A demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture and knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting community-based projects to achieve project goals.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Sound computing skills with the ability to conduct literature searches and maintain an Endnote database.
  • Good organisational skills, including an ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines and modify systems to meet the needs for accurate record-keeping and planning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a positive workplace culture, and role modelling behaviours that support the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
  • Experience conducting yarning sessions and/or semi-structured interviews (desirable).
  • Experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health (desirable).

For application enquiries please contact: Dr Jacqueline Stephens

Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed. It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.

Information for Applicants: You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

29 Jan 2021

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