Research Assistant

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
20 May 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of General Practice
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

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 Department of General Practice

The Department of General Practice originated as a unit within the Department of Community Medicine in 1977. It was established as a separate department within the School of Medicine in 2001 and established the Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU) as a centre of excellence in primary care research, research training and knowledge exchange in 2006. The Department has 68 (full time equivalent) staff supported by an operating budget of $7 million and research income of approximately $11 million annually.

About the Role

The Research Assistant will provide support for two existing genomic randomised controlled trials (RCT) within the Primary Care Cancer Research Group, The SCRIPT Trial and The PRESIDE Trial. The Primary Care Cancer Research Group is dynamic and collaborative team led by Prof Jon Emery and the team focuses on improving outcomes for cancer patients across the cancer continuum from cancer prevention through to survivorship. The new position would involve the recruitment and ongoing engagement of participating general practices as well as the implementation of the trial protocols including patient recruitment. The Research Assistant will also be expected to undertake other administrative duties as required and participate in the Centre for Cancer Research events.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Screen, recruit, consent, interview and randomise participants into the trials, and administer the intervention appropriately and consistently.
  • Recruit and consent General Practices and General Practitioners onto the trial.
  • Work with a team of researchers or independently within the context of a general practice clinic.
  • Data collection, input and analysis throughout trial focused on completion of research project aims.

Special conditions:

  • We encourage a flexible working environment focused on outcomes rather than strict adherence to schedules. Therefore, the possibility exists that the incumbent will occasionally be required to work outside of normal working hours.

About You

An Honours qualification in nursing, science, health science or related discipline with subsequent relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or research experience will be required. Additionally, relevant experience in primary care or clinical research including demonstrated knowledge of research trial methodology and GCP is ideal. Highly developed organisational skills, attention to detail and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage competing demands, as well as excellent interpersonal would be essential to excel in this position.

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, with disabilities or 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 submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against to the selection criteria (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

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 applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: PD-0056026 Research Assistant.pdf

Applications close: 9 June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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