Research Assistant – Community Paediatric


  • Part time (0.6FTE) fixed term for 12 months with a potential for extension contingent on funding
  • Opportunity to assist with Clinical Trials in Community Paediatrics
  • Base Salary $83,385 – $93,362 (pro-rata)+ 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Central Clinical School is the largest of the University’s clinical schools, our staff cover a wide range of disciplines and are active in both research and teaching. The CCS research activities are also supplemented by our affiliation with the largest number of external research units and institutes in the Faculty of Medicine & Health, covering a diverse range of disciplines and research areas.

The University is seeking to employ a Research Assistant – Community Paediatrics to support the research undertaken by the Community Paediatrics Research Group. This team is led by Professor Susan Woolfenden and a multi-disciplinary team of clinician researchers passionate about novel research to support children and their families.

In this role, you will play a key role in providing support for the operations of our Community Paediatrics Research Group. We are a respectful and motivated multidisciplinary clinical research team that works with priority populations to:

  • provide gold standard, comprehensive and accessible care
  • undertake innovative research that advances knowledge, clinical practice, and models of care
  • build capacity and train tomorrow’s community and child health professionals and leaders
  • advocate for strength-based systems that promote equitable outcomes

This role is ideal for those who are interested in understanding and promoting the environmental, social, and intergenerational factors that contribute to child youth and family health and wellbeing, and also enjoys working in a collaborative and dynamic environment.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • assist and support the Chief Investigator, Senior Research Academics, and the wider research team to deliver the research program
  • undertake qualitative and quantitative research methods, data collection, and contribute to analysis and reporting of findings
  • communicate with other research partners, organisations, and collaborators as they relate to the research task
  • attend research meetings, prepare meeting documentation, and other functions as required
  • support the development and maintenance of human research ethics applications including developing ethics protocol and study documents; submitting research ethics and governance applications and amendments.

About you

  • tertiary qualification in relevant field such as health sciences, psychology, public health Masters/Honours degree) with relevant work experience is desirable
  • experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, data management, experimental design, and ethics submissions
  • demonstrated experience with common electronic data capture systems (such as RedCAP etc.) Endnote files, electronic medical record (EMR) and databases
  • knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • knowledge of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, Good Clinical Practice and Guidelines governing clinical research
  • demonstrated high level of written communication skills and ability to draft research reports summarising statistical analyses and results.
  • excellent interpersonal skills (e.g., for interviewing participants from clinical and non-clinical populations) and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team.
  • excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise own workload and work independently as well as an effective member of a team.
  • demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and attention to details, as well as the ability/will to improve their professional knowledge (e.g. learning new protocols and techniques).
  • Sound understanding of paediatric models of care, equity, and social justice is desirable.

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Sponsorship / work rights forAustralia

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.

As this position is located on an NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit:NSW Health employment requirements

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

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 which 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.

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