Research Associate, National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Centre

Camperdown, Australia
$79,784 - $107,516+ 17% superannuation
01 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Full time (Possibility of part time for the right candidate) fixed term until October 2026 at Camperdown within the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
  • Exciting Research Associate opportunity supporting significant research in Patient Reported Outcomes
  • Base Salary $79,784 - $107,516+ 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC) is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and is a research centre of the University of Sydney. Read more about us here.

The collection and use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) enhances two-way communication between patients and clinicians, resulting in improved outcomes and quality of life for patients. This research aims to understand what makes PROMs acceptable to clinicians and consumers, when they should be collected, and how PRO data can best be displayed for quality assurance and care. This will facilitate use of PROMs in healthcare, driving change at an individual, service and system level. The outcomes from this research will be significant, not only for NSW, but nationally and internationally.

This research-focused position calls for a research associate with experience conducting qualitative research to work closely with our research theme leads and support several research focus areas.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Coordinate research teams, schedule team meetings, and take minutes
  • assist with writing Ethics Committee applications and research protocols
  • undertake qualitative (and possibly quantitative) data collection and analysis, collecting research data via interview, enter/store in appropriate software, and prepare analysis/reports as required
  • maintain academic and research records for the project(s), including project registers, EndNote libraries and publication registers
  • coordinate participant recruitment, schedule study interviews,
  • provide guidance and/or advice on regulations, policies and procedures in relation to research project undertaken (e.g., HREC procedures, NHMRC Statement for Ethics conduct of research)
  • monitor and report progress and key findings to theme leads and working group members
  • liaise with clinical specialists and affiliated researchers/collaborators regarding study progress and outcomes
  • source information, perform literature searches and prepare drafts for research publications

About you

  • a degree in a health-related field (e.g., Bachelor in Public Health)
  • demonstrated experience as a qualitative researcher conducting patient interviews in health-related areas; experience with survey design and analysis would be desirable
  • strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • strong stakeholder management skills
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters
  • proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • experience writing Ethics Committee applications, research protocols, and conducting literature reviews.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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How to apply

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Applications Close

Sunday 18 December 2022 11:59 PM

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