Research Assistant (Perinatal Trials), Western Health Maternal Fetal Medicine Research Group

Melbourne, Australia
Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super (pro rata for part time)
25 May 2022
End of advertisement period
22 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time or full-time option (0.8-1.0FTE); Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super (pro rata for part time)

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 Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Vision of the Department is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for academic Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatal Paediatrics, and its Mission is to provide high quality academic services across a broad range of clinical, educational and research activities within its associated teaching hospitals, and especially at its major centres, the Royal Women's Hospital and the Mercy Hospital for Women. Other associated teaching hospitals are the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s at the Sunshine Hospital, the Northern Hospital in Epping, the St Vincent’s and the Epworth Clinical Schools (and private hospitals) and the Ballarat Hospital and Goulburn Valley Hospital (Shepparton), both of which are linked to the Department of Rural Health.’ The Department is committed to establishing and maintaining a workplace culture consistent with the Faculty values of Respect, Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration and Teamwork, and Integrity.

About the Role

We are seeking a research assistant with previous experience in clinical research to support our program of clinical trials. Working with a team of clinicians (obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists and endocrinologists) you will contribute to ethics and governance applications, data entry, cleaning and analysis, and preparation of manuscripts and grant applications. You will have the opportunity to develop additional research projects related to the main projects under the mentorship of the supervising investigators.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Assist with ethics and governance submissions for multisite trials
  • Complete data entry, data cleaning and auditing data entered from other sites
  • Raise data queries and assist sites with responding to queries in a timely manner
  • Manage sample collection and storage inventories
  • Perform basic sample processing using standard operating procedures (e.g. centrifuging and aliquoting samples)

About You

You will have excellent attention to detail and a thorough approach to completion of work, as well as an understanding of the principles and methods of research, adhering to study protocols. You will have highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to interact professionally with a wide range of personnel in the health and university sectors. You will also have the ability to manage competing demands and conflicting deadlines.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Postgraduate research qualifications (Masters, MPH or PhD – preferably in a clinical discipline)
  • Experience with statistical programs such as STATA
  • Experience with designing REDCap database and surveys
  • Knowledge or previous experience in data handling and maintaining systems for compilation and storage of data, including knowledge of privacy and confidentiality requirements

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 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.

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Applications close: 22nd June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time