Associate Research Fellow, HeSANDA

Geelong, Australia
17 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based at Health Education and Research Building, University Hospital Geelong
  • Full-time (36.75 hours per week), Fixed Term for 2 Years
  • RES_141 from $71,348 + 17% Superannuation

Deakin’s School of Medicine is recognised in Australia and internationally for its teaching, training, research and service to its communities. Working as part of the Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (IMPACT), the Associate Research Fellow - HeSANDA Mental Health Node is a newly created position Based at Health Education and Research Building (HERB), University Hospital Geelong.

The HeSANDA initiative will deliver the infrastructure to enable the creation of a national health data asset that supports the sharing and reuse of health research data. The HeSANDA Mental Health Node is one of nine ‘nodes’ supported nationally by the Australian Research Data Commons. The Mental Health node will work in close collaboration with the Secure Heath Data and Biosample platform (SHeBa), a state-of-the-art platform for discovering, combining, accessing and analysing data and biosamples collected by health services, research groups and other custodians. The HeSANDA Mental Health node and SHeBa aim to accelerate research to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Australia and internationally by enabling clinicians and researchers to find, request, and work with de-identified health data and biosamples on a single, secure platform. This will enable secondary use of data to maximise the outputs and impact of already collected mental health data.

The incumbent will be required to assist in the administration and coordination of the Mental Health node and SHeBa and conduct a pilot project to demonstrate the capability of the Mental Health node. The Associate Research Fellow will work closely with the Chief Investigators, and other staff employed on the project.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the research project on a day-to-day basis
  • Effectively collate and maintain standard operating procedures
  • Develop and implement data sharing policies
  • Ensure data are easily searchable
  • Have a mechanism by which suitably qualified researchers can apply to use data for secondary analyses
  • Ensure this mechanism enables data owners and custodians to co-ordinate and collaborate with data-requesters
  • Contribute to developing the interface between the SHeBa and HeSANDA initiatives
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of SHeBa by interacting with the software designers, with the goal of ensuring the system is fit-for-purpose
  • Conduct a pilot project using shared data
  • Liaison with other research staff within the IMPACT institute, Deakin University, Barwon Health and other partners and trial collaborating groups as well as technical/infrastructure support services
  • Assist with manuscript preparation and submission and literature reviews
  • Assist with the translation of data into research publications, presentations, media, community and clinical forums
  • Liaising with mental health researchers and relevant departments in Mental Health, staff from multi-disciplinary teams, consumer groups, external facilities/community agencies and general practitioners about data sharing and the HeSANDA initiative
  • Co-supervise honours or postgraduate research students ensuring successful completions with quality results

To be successful, you’ll have (Key Selection Criteria):

  • A degree in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, nursing, psychology, neuroscience or other related discipline with postgraduate qualifications or equivalent work experience with a substantial research focus
  • Excellent skills in data management
  • Demonstrated skills in the coordination of data collection, analysis using Microsoft Office and statistical programs
  • An understanding of GCP and NHMRC research guidelines for clinical trials
  • Experience in working across statistical packages (e.g., STATA, R, SPSS) and statistical analysis
  • Awareness of data security and technology infrastructure support requirements
  • Emerging research and scholarship through publications, and/or exhibitions as appropriate to the discipline
  • Ability to make a contribution to communities through research
  • Capacity to contribute to research and administration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues

For a copy of the position description, please see below

Applications for this position close on Thursday 17th February.

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details).

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Professor Alison Yung, Professor of Psychiatry, IMPACT, at

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

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