Research Officer, Occupational Health and Safety

Mackay, Australia
04 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

The Research Officer will participate in fundamental and translational research projects aimed at developing a Centre for Occupational Health and Safety research as a part of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) and the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation (MIRI). This position will support senior researchers with skills in formulating research documents, communicating with government and industry stakeholders, and designing/conducting research projects in Occupational Health and Safety. The Research Officer will be part of a diverse research team who conduct research aimed at addressing contemporary pressing issues in tropical workplace health, with a focus on work-related respiratory diseases.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine encompasses human and animal health professional areas and related biomedical science disciplines. The Division has a particular focus on the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Australian communities and tropical medicine. 

The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is building a world leading health and medical research institute, dedicated to solving problems of major importance to tropical Australia, South East Asia, the Pacific and the tropics worldwide, leading to improvements in health outcomes and health service delivery and contributing to growing prosperity in the region.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Assist in planning research projects in collaboration with supervisor, as well as independent day to day planning of research activities.
  2. Management and analysis of research data, using statistical and database computer packages.
  3. Assist with the preparation of research reports and research publications.
  4. Provide strong technical assistance and support students and staff within the research group, and accurately enter and maintain data from studies.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  7. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:


Level 5

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 travel within Queensland and Australia, which may require work outside of normal working hours.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Completion of a Bachelor (Honours) or Master degree in health/medical sciences or a related field.
  2. Ability to accurately managesmall research studies/experiments, including records keeping, experimental notes and writing of research documents.
  3. Demonstrated excellent time management, organizational and communication skills.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with PC operating systems and proficiency with Microsoft Office, as well as common research software packages (SPSS, Endnote etc.).
  5. Applications are encouraged from enthusiasticand self-motivated individuals with excellent technical ability.
  6. Ability of working independently and collaboratively in a team environment and exhibit a high degree of professionalism and respect for others.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to Occupational Health and Safety, and other regulatory requirements.


  1. Relevant professional experience orpostgraduate training, including project management skills.
  2. Experience working in a research environment, including research governance, methods, processes, and a framework of research quality control.