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Research Assistant - School of Public Health

Camperdown, Australia
$83,384+ 17% superannuation
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Job Details

  • Full time fixed term until 30 June 2027 at Camperdown
  • Research Assistant opportunity working on an innovative research project examining the clinical activity of nurses and physiotherapists working in general practice and assessing the contribution of these clinicians to the wider general practice team
  • Base Salary $83,384+ 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

A team from the University of Sydney is about to start a project that will collect and analyse data from selected groups of non-medical professionals working in Australian general practices. The Occasions of Care Explained and ANalysed (OCEAN) tool is an online data collection platform used to collect and analyse clinical activity data from primary health care clinicians.

This innovative research will involve data collection from general practice nurses, nurse practitioners and physiotherapists - the first data collected on clinical activity for these professions in primary care in Australia. This will create an important evidence base to assess the contribution of these non-medical professionals to the wider general practice team.

This Research Assistant position is a great opportunity for someone looking to start a career in primary care health services research. The successful applicant will support the OCEAN team primarily by ensuring basic data quality for data collected, and will act as a key early point of contact for study participants.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • assist with data collection and analysis, ensuring data quality and accuracy, including responsibility for cleaning of the datasets
  • produce reports on the clinical activity of individual participants, and send these to participants
  • liaise with individual participants about their involvement in the study and answering their questions
  • assist the principal analyst in maintaining data security and integrity at all stages of the project
  • undertake basic analyses of the data
  • collaborate with researchers, clinical specialists, and affiliated partners to share findings and progress
  • assist with the documentation process for research publications, from drafting to submission, and maintain comprehensive research records
  • coordinate with the team to verify data accuracy within university systems, and actively engage in compliance initiatives to uphold regulations
  • contribute to the production of academic publications that arise from the study
  • ad hoc duties as required under the project.

About you

  • camperdown
  • excellent written and verbal skills to enable efficient and effective communication via phone and email
  • excellent organizational and time management skills
  • understanding of medical terminology is desirable (but not essential) for this role
  • experience conducting scientific literary searches is desired
  • able to operate in a research intensive team environment and independently as required.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the reasons for the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community that reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Applications Close

Monday 22 July 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

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The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

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8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

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