Research Officer in Health

Mackay, Australia
12 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Position Overview

The Research Officer provides high level support and coordination for a collaborative study between James Cook University and The University of Notre Dame Australia; ‘An intervention to improve the detection and management of Familial Hypercholesterolemia in primary care’.

The incumbent will work closely with the Queensland Principle Investigator to collect and analyze data, assist with cost analysis, present research findings at meetings, workshops and seminars and with the reporting of findings.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Assist with the set-up of the study, trial registrations, ethics applications and liaising with general practices.
  2. Oversee the day to day running of the study at general practices (travelling to designated practices).
  3. Work with practice staff to ensure data is collected and recorded and processes are followed.
  4. Assist with the collection of qualitative data.
  5. Assist with undertaking cost estimation analysis.
  6. Assist with the analysis of cost, quantitative and qualitative data.
  7. Assist with the reporting of data and study (written and verbal).
  8. Assist with writing up research studies undertaken.
  9. Present research findings at research meetings, workshops and seminars.
  10. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  11. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  12. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Research Officer is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Research Officer is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Research Officer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct. 

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a current ‘C’ class Queensland Drivers licence.
  • It is a requirement of this position to travel within the Mackay region and to other locations which may include overnight stays.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Apostgraduate qualification and extensive relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. A demonstrated ability to perform high level project tasks.
  3. A knowledge of health services, the primary healthcare service sector and the higher education and research sector.
  4. Experience in preparation and publishing of research material for various media including journals and conference presentations and publications.
  5. Demonstrable excellent communication skills with experience in relating to a range of stakeholders, including government departments, academics, clinicians and field researchers, and the ability to write effectively and competently in the use of Information and Communication Technology.
  6. High level organisational and time management skills; ability to work largely unsupervised and respond to competing priorities.


  1. Experience in research collaboration across multiple organisations including Universities and Health Services.
  2. Knowledge and skills in research methods and analysis relevant to scientific and clinical research.