Research Assistant in Indigenous Public Health

Melbourne, Australia
Level A: $75,289 - $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super
16 May 2022
End of advertisement period
30 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time: Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Salary: Level A: $75,289 - $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population Health was established in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences in 2001. It became the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in 2013. Approximately 300 academic and professional staff people work in the School and its partner agencies. The School’s total budget is in excess of $55m. There are approximately 120 higher degree research students (predominantly PhD).

About the Role

You will join a small team of researchers working on improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including programs to address intergenerational trauma, with a strong knowledge translation component. The position will be based within the Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

You will be expected to contribute to supporting and developing a program of research and work as part of an Aboriginal-led interdisciplinary research team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers. You will benefit from working with a large network of investigators, partners and stakeholders who have collaborated to co-design this program of work, as well as other established and emerging multidisciplinary collaborations.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Develop and build on strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, including strategies to address intergenerational trauma.
  • Use knowledge of Community, culture and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and doing to support research and resource development efforts.
  • Assist with administrative support for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led journal in partnership with Lowitja
  • Collate and analyse data for Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future and other health equity research projects.

About You

You are an experienced research assistant with a background and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You will be able to utilise your exceptional verbal and written communication skills to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships nationally and internationally across a broad range of industry and research professionals.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Completion of a qualification or experience in a field relevant Indigenous Health Equity (most likely community health, public health, or health-related discipline).
  • Experience and/or demonstrated understanding of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Sound analytical skills with an ability to communicate complex information clearly both orally and in writing.
  • Evidence of the ability to work as a member of a team in a co-operative and collegial manner.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience. Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister.

The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applications therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: Research Assistant in Indigenous Public Health.pdf

Applications close: 30th May 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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