Research Associate, Neuromuscular Diseases

Sydney, Australia
08 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The School of Women’s & Children’s Health (SWCH) is comprised of the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Statistics Unit (NPESU). Clinical academics in the School are located at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children’s Hospital, St George and Bankstown Hospitals.

The Research Associate will conduct research into the area of paediatric neuromuscular diseases and the running of clinical trials at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. The position work closely with the chief investigator in research in to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) on the project “Evaluation of neurophysiological measures in disease trajectory in patients with spinal muscular atrophy and those also undergoing novel treatments”.

The position reports to the Senior Lecturer within Paediatric Neurology and has no direct reports.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Perform excitability testing (motor and sensory) on patients participating in clinical trials
  • Assist in the running of the Early Access Program providing new treatments for patients diagnosed with SMA
  • Assist in the running of other research projects, including study design, data collection, data management, data analysis and interpretation
  • Data management of research projects including collation, management and statistical assessment and reporting on data collected
  • Patient contact with face to face assessments according to constructed protocols
  • Support research group with organisational, communication and administrative tasks associated with service provision and provide assistance and advice to other staff members
  • Report research results for publication and present results at local, national and international scientific meetings
  • Assist the Chief Investigator with reporting of progress and results to funding bodies and with supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate (PhD, masters) students
  • Consultation with students and maintain high quality relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Involvement in professional activities, including attendance and presentation at group meetings, conferences and seminars in the field of expertise and contribute to the writing of journal articles and grant submissions
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the University and Sydney Children’s Hospital and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others


  • A higher degree in Research (Masters, PhD or MD), with medical degree registrable in New South Wales, with higher qualification in Paediatrics (FRACP or equivalent)
  • Specialist Paediatric Neurologist with AHPRA certification
  • Demonstrated capacity for independent and high quality research, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated track record in research including preparation of manuscripts and grant applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience and proven skills in qualitative or empirical research methodologies
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and within a multi-disciplinary environment to meet project plans and goals with an ability to meet required timeframes
  • Previous experience working with children and their families in a research setting is preferable, though not essential
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training


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