Research Assistant

Sydney, Australia
AU$78,077 per annum (pro-rata) +17% Super
11 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
26 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part time (0.4FTE) fixed term until January 2023, based at Westmead Hospital
  • Utilise your research skills to work on two key projects research social isolation in kidney disease
  • Base Salary $78,077 (pro-rata) + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Sydney School of Public Health are seeking a Research Assistant to join their team, to to contribute to patient-centered outcomes research in chronic disease, primarily chronic kidney disease. You will have opportunities to contribute to various projects on the topics of loneliness, social isolation, and sexual health in patients with chronic kidney disease and related conditions. The types of projects may include qualitative studies (interviews, focus groups), observational studies, consumer involvement in research initiatives (research priority-setting), systematic reviews, clinical trials, economic evaluations, patient-reported outcomes, and choice experiments.

This role will require travel between the LHD at Parramatta, Nepean, and the Blue Mountains.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work on ethics applications and produce manuscripts
  • work with patients in a client-facing role, including with recruitment, calling, liaising with clinicians, data collection, conducting qualitative research
  • assist with the design, development, and documentation of suitable research protocols in clinical patient-centered projects in the area of chronic kidney disease and related conditions - including literature and systematic reviews, and qualitative (interviews, focus groups) and quantitative studies (observational studies, trials)
  • collect research data, enters/stores in appropriate statistical software, and prepares statistical analysis/reports as required.

About you

To be successful in this role, you:

  • have, or are completing, an Honours or master's degree in Public Health, Medicine, Psychology, Social Science, or a health-related science, and have some knowledge/skills/experience in health research
  • have an interest in chronic disease and patient-centred outcomes research (desirable)
  • have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • can work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work.

To keep our community safe please be aware of our COVID safety precautions, which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Closing date for applications

11:59 pm, Wednesday 26 January 2022

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

As this position is located on an NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit :NSW Health employment requirements

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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