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Research Assistant / Research Fellow, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Newborn Health

Melbourne, Australia
$83,468 – $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super (pro rata)
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062825
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time (FTE Negotiable); Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Newborn Health
Salary: Academic A or B – $83,468 – $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super (pro rata)

  • Contribute to infertility research, focusing on assessment of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews, and assist in developing high-quality research projects.
  • Play a pivotal role in creating an evidence-based resource for IVF patients while advancing infertility research.
  • 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

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant (Level A) or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level B) with expertise in randomised controlled trials and/or systematic reviews. The successful applicant will support Dr. Sarah Lensen in developing high-quality infertility research projects, contributing to a new evidence-based website for IVF patients, and potentially mentoring research students. This role is based at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Newborn Health at Royal Women’s Hospital.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Performing systematic reviews of IVF interventions, including literature search, screening, data extraction, risk of bias assessment, GRADE, meta-analysis and reporting
  • Drafting and reviewing content for an IVF-related website
  • Assisting with writing grant applications
  • Supervision and/or mentorship of students and interns

Who We Are Looking For

You will have meticulous attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective research collaboration, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve project goals and meet deadlines.

You will also have:

  • A Bachelors, Honours, or Masters Degree (LvA) in a relevant area of medical or biological science, or a PhD (LvB) or equivalent in a relevant area
  • Deep understanding of systematic reviews of interventions and/or critical appraisal of randomised controlled trials
  • Demonstrated ability to apply systematic review methodologies, such as article screening, data extraction, risk of bias, GRADE, and meta-analysis

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 – Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Newborn Health

The University Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Newborn Health plays a vital role in teaching MD medical students, with approximately 350 students spending 6 weeks each year in the department. The department's vision is to be a globally recognised centre of excellence in academic Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Neonatal Paediatrics, with a mission to provide high-quality academic services in clinical, educational, and research activities, primarily in its major centres, the Royal Women's Hospital and the Mercy Hospital for Women. The department has a strong research focus in areas such as maternal foetal medicine, neonatal paediatrics, women's health, infectious diseases, gynaecological oncology, and reproductive biology.

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.

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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 Walid 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: 26 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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