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Implementation Scientist (MRFF Clinical Trials)

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
23 May 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062308
Location: Heidelberg
Role type: Part-time (0.6 FTE) / Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Physiotherapy (Austin Health)
Salary: Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Drive mixed methods process evaluations for clinical trials on neuromuscular diseases
  • Opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research aiming to investigate sleep and breathing dysfunction.
  • 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

Located at Austin Health in Heidelberg, the research team led by Professor David Berlowitz focuses on investigating sleep and breathing dysfunction in neuromuscular diseases, particularly spinal cord injury and motor neuron disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Our research team has recently secured Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funding for several multi-centre clinical trials investigating novel treatments and alternative care models aiming to improve health outcomes for people with neuromuscular diseases.

Under the supervision of Lead Implementation Scientist, Dr Marnie Graco and project and laboratory leader Professor David Berlowitz, you will  drive the execution of these mixed methods process evaluations alongside the main clinical trials.

Additionally, you will assist with protocol development, ethics applications, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data, preparation of publications, and presentations for scientific meetings.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Execute the mixed methods process evaluations of the MRFF funded clinical trials and other research projects as required.
  • Build an understanding of the key barriers to evidence-based management of sleep and breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease and develop strategies to optimise clinical care and outcomes.
  • Develop or maintain an independent research profile, including publications, presentations, and research grant funding applications, that supports and complements the local research team.

Who We Are Looking For

An agile, independent, and team-focused individual with strong analytical skills and a keen focus on outcomes. Strong communication skills, essential for working with  a diverse range of stakeholders, as well as demonstrating enthusiasm, motivation, and exceptional teamwork abilities to contribute effectively to an exciting research program.

You will also have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in allied health, nursing, science or similar, with post-graduate implementation science research experience.
  • Completion of a PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • Experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Demonstrated ability to theorise intervention outcomes e.g.  identify causal mechanisms of behaviour change.

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

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate does not have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

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 Physiotherapy

The Department of Physiotherapy was established in 1991 and makes distinctive contributions nationally and internationally to the physiotherapy profession and society in research, learning & teaching and knowledge exchange. In 2009 it became a department within the Melbourne School of Health Science.

Further information about Physiotherapy is available at:

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 are 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 reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

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 Nick Petersen 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 questions regarding the job, please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 23 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


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.

For more information please visit:

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

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