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Clinical Research Officer

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

Job Details

Job no: 0060493
Location: Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island, NT
Role type: Full-time; Fixed term for 20 months  
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Infectious Diseases  
Level B – $114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to an important project and have the enriching opportunity to reside in community and be responsible for managing day-to-day project activities in conjunction with a Yolngu team leader.
  • Join a dynamic and collaborative team.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The Department is seeking to appoint a Clinical Research Officer for an exciting research project that will be conducted on Elcho Island, Northeast Arnhem Land, NT in 2024-25.

Working closely with local health services and programs, the project seeks to codesign and implement an outreach service that combines traditional values and knowledge with modern approaches to health with the overall aim of reducing risk factors for diabetes and chronic disease in the community. The Clinical Research Officer will be responsible for supporting Yolngu staff in the delivery and evaluation of the service.

The position will be based in Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island, and will work closely with Miwatj staff based on Elcho Island, and in Nhulunbuy.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Work with the local Aboriginal (Yolngu) team members and project participants to ensure timely delivery of project activities.
  • Monitor day-to-day implementation of activities and ensure that the project is being undertaken ethically and to a high standard, with due consideration of the cultural context.
  • Plan daily activities with the local team, monitor activities to ensure completion in the specified period, assist with data entry, provide ‘on the job training’ for the local team as needed, upload data to RedCap.

Who We Are Looking For

To be successful in this role you will have a demonstrated ability to work successfully in a cross-cultural setting including supervising and training local staff. You will be a critical thinker and can provide support for the development and implementation of translational research in a field setting. You will be a keen problem-solver who can work independently as well as in teams to utilise conceptual and innovative problem-solving skills for managing conflicting priorities. You must be able to reside at the trial site for most of the project from Feb 2024.

You will also have:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD degree in a related field.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters.
  • Demonstrate high level of computing skills including competency with word processing (Microsoft Suite), spreadsheets, data management systems (REDCap).

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – The Department of Infectious Diseases

The Department of Infectious Diseases is a recently established department of the Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences that is based at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute). Research within the department encompasses infectious diseases and public health including antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, influenza, viral hepatitis, emerging pathogens, and Indigenous Health. Our researchers come from diverse backgrounds, including discovery research and basic scientists, clinician researchers, epidemiologists, public health physicians and microbiologists. We have a strong interest in improving health in remote Indigenous communities and in disadvantaged communities, globally.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Katie Robertson via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 6th December 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: 0060493_Clinical Research Officer_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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