Research Assistant, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences

Melbourne, Australia
Level A – $93,979 – $101,137 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super
27 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time (1.0 FTE) or Part time (0.8 FTE) available; Fixed-term for 24 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences
Salary: Level A – $93,979 – $101,137 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) 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 Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences has an enviable research record and is the University of Melbourne’s largest faculty in terms of management of financial resources, employment of academic and professional staff, teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate (including research higher degree) students and the conduct of basic and applied research. The Faculty’s 2013 gross revenue was in excess of $550M. Approximately 40% of this income relates to research activities.

About the Role

We have 2 x 24-month fixed term contract positions as Research Assistant available within the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) in the Department of Physiotherapy. People with a background in a health-related discipline will be considered for the position.

In this role, you will work on clinical research in the area of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular patellofemoral pain and/or osteoarthritis. The focus is on the role of non-drug, non-surgical treatments such as exercise, footwear, diet, education, and self-management strategies. You will directly report to the leaders of the Musculoskeletal Research Program. You will also need to obtain a current working with children’s check before commencing in the role.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Contribute to specific current and planned musculoskeletal research projects
  • Collecting and processing clinical trial and other data from research participants
  • Draft documents including study protocols and outcome measures
  • Actively participate in CHESM and The Department of Physiotherapy activities
  • Actively contribute to the engagement activities of CHESM

About You

You are a keen problem solver with the ability to follow through detailed projects effectively. Your initiative and high-level organisational skills will see you succeed in this role, in achieving project goals and meeting agreed deadlines. You are confident working independently but also love to collaborate within a team environment. You will have a strong commitment to the highest standards of scientific and ethical integrity and the ability to strictly adhere to study protocols.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Excellent computer skills particularly with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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 with disabilities 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 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.

Position Description: 0056091_ResearchAssistant_PD.pdf

Applications close: 25th July 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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