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Implementation Science Research Assistant

Melbourne, Australia
$76,210 – $113,262 p.a. ; plus 17% super
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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Job Details

Job no: 0062626
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time, Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences 
School: Health Sciences
Salary: RA: $ 76,210 – $ 83,468 p.a or Level A: $ 83,468 - $113,262 p.a. ; plus 17% super

  • Contribute to a range of implementation research projects across various clinical fields including digital health interventions and diabetes management
  • Opportunity to work in a dynamic, cross-disciplinary team within the Melbourne health care precinct, with strong support and collaboration from experienced researchers and healthcare practitioners
  • 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

Join the dynamic Implementation Science team at the School of Health Sciences, led by A/Prof Stephanie Best together with a growing team of researchers. As a research assistant, you will contribute to various implementation research projects across clinical fields such as genetics, pain management, and diabetes, utilising complex intervention methods to improve healthcare quality and efficiency. Located primarily in Parkville, this role involves collaboration with healthcare practitioners and organizations, offering a unique opportunity to work in a cross-disciplinary environment and enhance your professional growth.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop or build upon an understanding of the key areas of implementation science and health services research.
  • Collate and analyse quantitative and qualitative data for exploratory and explanatory studies and for the development and evaluation of implementation interventions 
  • Participate in the preparation of manuscripts, ethics applications and funding applications

Who We Are Looking For

You will possess sound analytical skills, with the ability to communicate complex information clearly both orally and in writing, demonstrate high-level organisational skills to manage priorities and deadlines independently, and have a proven ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships across various levels of clinical and research professionals.

You will also have:

  • Bachelor degree in health-related discipline such as behavioural science, psychology
  • Research knowledge in either implementation science, evaluation, applied health sciences, public health, psychosocial, health services research
  • An emerging record of publications, conference papers and/or reports, or professional or technical contributions which provide evidence of strong research potential

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 doesn't 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 Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS)

The Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS) is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences and is a leader in health sciences education, clinical research, and professional practice. MSHS values strong relationships with health professions, workforce agencies, and industry partners, fostering inter-professional collaborations in teaching and research. It offers accredited graduate and postgraduate programs in Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Audiology, and Speech Pathology, training students to be competent health professionals. The School has over 120 staff members, more than 1,100 students, and a strong research profile with national grants and industry partnerships.

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 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 particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 18 Jun 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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