Research Assistant

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: PartTime

Job Reference: 1181400

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The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team working on an innovative primary healthcare research study addressing gaps in the delivery of effective weight management dietetic services to improve patient outcomes for people living with obesity. The project aims to build capacity for GPs and dietitians to deliver effective evidence-based weight management advice using new technologies, increasing reach and improving patient outcomes.

The Research Assistant undertakes a variety of research support tasks which may include a mix of administrative, logistical and/or experimental responsibilities.

In this role, you will, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate requirements, and prepare materials for, research activities/experiments/field trips.
  • Liaise with project stakeholders and participants to arrange activities.
  • Perform experiments and/or contribute to research activities in accordance with the skills required of the position.
  • Undertake literature reviews.
  • Assist with the preparation of funding applications.
  • Undertake data collection and preliminary analysis.
  • Assist with the drafting of progress reports and publications.
  • Assist with the preparation of materials and organisation for conference presentations and workshops.
  • Facilitate input and updating of research information/activity in relevant databases.
  • Liaise with relevant internal and external stakeholders as necessary.
  • Comply and adhere to Occupational Health and Safety criteria at all times.
  • Comply with national and state legislation and regulations relevant to the research area’s activities and University requirements.
  • As a member of the University community, demonstrate the highest possible standards of professional and personal conduct, modelling the University’s Values and Signature Behaviours.
  • Undertake other activities which the incumbent might reasonably be expected to do, and which are consistent with the accountabilities and responsibilities as listed above.
Selection Criteria
  • Completion of a relevant accredited degree in dietetics ; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Demonstrated experience in relevant scientific/research methods, techniques and protocols.
  • Demonstrated organisational and administrative skills with the ability to coordinate activities and prioritise tasks.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to collate and analyse data.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in both written and oral communication skills with the ability to liaise effectively with colleagues and stakeholders and to produce documentation which is clear and concise.
  • Demonstrated competent in the use of word-processing and spreadsheet packages, including the ability to generate reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as effectively as part of a team.
Area Specific Criteria
  • Demonstrated experience working with patients or clients
Desirable Criteria
  • Demonstrated experience in client or patient counselling.
  • Demonstrated experience in research.
  • Postgraduate qualifications in dietetics

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Prof. Deborah Kerr via [email protected]

About us

Curtin School of Population Health

Curtin’s School of Population Health is a comprehensive academic school that delivers a range of undergraduate courses and numerous specialist courses in nutrition, dietetics, public health and psychology. The School is recognised nationally and internationally for research excellence, including in the area of nutrition and dietetics ranked well above world standard.

We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

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Please provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (noted above) and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

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Applications close:Thursday, 28 March 2024, at 10:00 pm AWST
We hold the right to close this advertisement before the above end date. Don't hesitate to apply if your skills and experiences align with the role!

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin’s satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.
If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number.

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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