Research Associate

Camperdown, Australia
$79,784 (pro rata) + 17% superannuation
27 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
10 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part time / 24-month fixed term contract
  • An exciting new position with huge opportunity for growth in optimising joint health and healthy ageing populations through exercise
  • Base Salary starting from $79,784 (pro rata) + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Sydney School of Health Sciences is a world leader in health and wellbeing research. This is done through partnering with local and global organisations and working closely with people and communities to identify solutions that directly translate to health benefits. By translating research into practice, we improve lives.

The school is known for excellence, the students are at the centre of education, and people at the centre of the research. The school provides an engaging and stimulating student-centered education environment, attracting the best students and researchers nationally and internationally.

The Sydney School of Health Sciences collaborates with external partners and engages with real-world problems to anticipate the health issues of tomorrow while overcoming the challenges of today. The high-impact research is acknowledged and translated into practice and policy nationally and internationally. The multidisciplinary research themes and centres reflect the strength, diversity and depth of the research.

The University is seeking an academic Research Associate in musculoskeletal exercise physiology research who is passionate about improving health outcomes and health equity in the local, national, and global communities through clinical exercise physiology.

Located at the Susan Wakil Health Building, the candidate will guide the research program and as an RA you will provide research support to the Chief Investigator - Prof Jeanette Thom. The incumbent will be involved in projects investigating how to optimise joint and musculoskeletal health in a range of populations. They will help implement initiatives that support the faculty's strategic research priorities, including musculoskeletal health.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Under the guidance of the Chief Investigator assist all aspects of the research process, including planning, coordination, recruitment, data collection, data entry and analysis
  • assist in all activities related to support for research including, reviewing of research protocols and related documents, and coordinating human research ethics applications
  • undertake planning and preliminary analysis to investigate and support the scoping of research programs/projects (postdoc)
  • obtain ethics, pilot data and managing a longitudinal exercise intervention in people with early osteoarthritis
  • assist in coordinating (RA) research projects, preparing grant and human research ethics applications, and support research team members
  • effectively communicate, negotiate, and liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including study participants
  • undertake literature searches and writing of summary reports.

About you

  • A Ph.D. for Postdoctoral Researcher with relevant experience in exercise physiology research
  • an Honours or equivalent in a relevant field for Research Assistant
  • demonstrated ability to generate reproducible, high quality research results
  • demonstrated ability to develop new techniques and use the latest technology in research projects
  • demonstrated experience working in exercise physiology / musculoskeletal research including the capacity to coordinate all aspects of the research process including literature searches, study design, management, physiological measurements, exercise training, data analysis and reporting
  • demonstrated experience assisting with the preparation and submission of grant applications or of manuscripts to high quality peer reviewed journals or of human research ethics applications
  • proven experience in conducting original research and/or engaging in scholarly activity.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

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.

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Applications Close

Monday 10 April 2023 11:59 PM

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