Research Assistant, Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Melbourne, Australia
Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
08 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Location: Hospital-Based
Role type: Part time 0.6FTE; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 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).

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Department of Medicine, RMH

The Department of Medicine undertakes basic, clinical, and translational research, research training and teaching of the highest international quality relevant to a breath of medical disciplines and promotes research led improvement in clinical practice and patient outcomes. We are at the forefront of exciting new developments and are embedded within some of the leading academic public hospitals in Australia.

About the Role

As part of the Australian Stroke Alliance (ASA), Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) support has been provided to conduct a large-scale national research program focussed on innovative new technologies to enable early intervention in stroke. The researcher role will assist with the Culturally Adaptive Governance Framework (CAGF) within the ASA. The position involves working closely with the Indigenous co-leads and the Senior Project Manager leading implementation of the CAGF within the ASA. Working with the Senior Project Manager, the researcher will implement and document a systematic framework for evaluating the CAGF impact.

Responsibilities include:

  • Communicate the value of Darak to ASA stakeholders across the life of the project
  • Develop Darak training materials and educational content for the ASA
  • Collect and analyse data for the monitoring and evaluation of the Darak CAGF
  • Prepare project reports summarising the impact(s) of the Darak CAGF for ASA and other stakeholders
  • Facilitate discussion groups with ASA members on the work of Darak

About You

You will be able to effectively communicate and work with Indigenous communities and community-controlled organisations. You will have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to translate theoretical and technical concepts into accessible content. Demonstrated ability to prepare reports, ethics applications and publications in peer-reviewed journals. You will possess a high level of attention to detail and be open and responsive to constructive feedback

You will also:

  • Be an Indigenous person with a demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous values, connections and knowledges that will contribute to an Indigenous standpoint. This is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and authorised by Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
  • Have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture including contemporary issues such as Indigenous self-determination & governance in health and medical research
  • Have a Masters degree in Indigenous health, public health or a related discipline.
  • Have experience working with public health, Indigenous health research or medical research projects, or in health or social care environments.

About the University

The University of Melbourne 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.

Benefits for Indigenous staff

  • Cultural leave: Indigenous staff members are entitled to up to five days non-cumulative paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of attending NAIDOC, community, cultural and ceremonial activities. 
  • University policies: Indigenous staff are supported by the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Employment Framework, with the commitment to improving the employment, retention and career progression outcomes for Indigenous staff members 
  • Indigenous Staff Network: Employees who have identified themselves as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will have access to the Indigenous Staff Network (ISN)
  • Cultural events: The University hosts annual cultural events such as the Wominjeka to begin the Academic Year and the Narrm Oration, and recognises significant times throughout the year such as, Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day and NAIDOC Week. 
  • Employee Assistance Program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line available free for you and your immediate family members.

'Indigenous' here means a person of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 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

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Position Description: 0056967_Research Assistant_PD.pdf

Applications close: 6 OCTOBER 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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