Research Assistant, Palliative Medicine

Melbourne, Australia
Level A - $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
29 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job no: 0059051
Location: Hospital Based
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Medical Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Level A - $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

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 - Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital

The Department of Medicine is a large and diverse department in the Melbourne Medical School that undertakes research, postgraduate and undergraduate teaching within the University of Melbourne teaching hospitals.

About - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Medical 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 annual revenue is $630m with approximately 55% of this income related to research activities.

About the Role

Based at the Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, this role offers the exciting opportunity to work with a progressive and cohesive research team to improve care for people with advanced cancer. You will be working within a multidisciplinary team of highly committed clinicians and researchers from across Australia to develop systems to improve access to pain management and palliative care for people affected by pancreatic cancer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the conduct of a series of research projects but with key focus on work improving the care of people affected by pancreatic cancer.
  • Directly engaging with persons involved in the studies, including the identification, proactive recruitment, and follow-up of persons affected by cancer and their families in clinical and community settings.
  • Undertaking collection and management of both patient-reported and health service research data across all stages of the study.
  • Organising and participating in research-related activities such as focus groups and co-design workshops, research meetings with study teams, and dissemination and community events.

About You

You will be an experienced research assistant with a background in the health sector. You will have experience working with clients or community members who may be experiencing high levels of distress. Your highly developed interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills will allow you to liaise and work effectively with both professional and community audiences.

You will also have:

  • Tertiary research qualification in psychology, social science, public health, or a related healthcare discipline (or equivalent substantive research experience).
  • Expertise in one or more of the following research areas: palliative care, cancer, health services research, or community engagement.
  • A demonstrated experience in research assistance/ project management.
  • High-level problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Ability to effectively work with, supervise and manage teams.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

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 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, 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

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

Applications close: 27 April 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0059051_Research Assistant, Palliative Medicine_PD.pdf

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