Research Assistant

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime

Position Details

  • Fixed term until June 2026 | Full-Time

  • Higher Education Officer Level 5 | $74,270 - $81,966 p.a.

  • Location: Bedford Park

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About the RePaDD Centre and the National Palliative Care Projects

The Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death, and Dying (RePaDD) is nationally known for its research and projects which seek to make a difference to the care provided at the end of life. We do this by examining the issues and challenges experienced by people living with a life-limiting illness, their carers, and the health and social care professionals supporting them.  We develop innovative solutions and advance the knowledge and evidence in palliative care to improve society’s experience of death and dying.

We are responsible for national palliative care projects that focus on improving palliative care education and training for the primary care, acute care and aged care workforces and raising awareness of palliative care and advance care planning. This includes the funding for recently announced 2023-2026 national palliative care projects including CareSearch/palliAGED and ELDAC. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in research that makes a difference to individuals, services, organisations, and communities. It is also a chance to work with a highly skilled and committed project team building evidence and developing practice ready knowledge and resources. You will also be able to develop your knowledge and experience in working with researchers with expertise across health and digital health, education, marketing and communications, and community and health services research.

About the Role

Flinders University are seeking a Research Assistant to support the End-of-Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) national program. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a meaningful program that has a key role in the delivery of palliative care within the Australian aged care sector.  

The Research Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the Senior Research Fellow with the delivery of the project activities to achieve the project objectives.

  • Assisting with ethics applications process.

  • Providing high level administration support for research activities including coordinating data collection and analysis, preparation of and submissions of manuscripts, grant applications and reports.

  • Supporting data collection and analysis undertaken by researchers involved in the relevant projects.

  • Carrying out literature searches, maintaining an endnote library, collecting papers, coding information, summarising literature, and maintaining all necessary records and documents in a timely and concise manner.

Some out of hours work (including weekends) as well as rural SA, interstate and overseas travel, may be required.

About You

As the Research Assistant, you will utilise your strong organisational skills to prioritise tasks and ensure deadlines are adhered to. Your ability to exercise sound judgement and problem solve are essential in ensuring your success in this role.

You will also demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, allied health, nursing or other related discipline, and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Knowledge and skills in research methodology, evaluation, manuscript development and/or project report writing.

  • Experience in conducting research such as, developing surveys and conducting interviews for health-related research projects.

  • Well-developed computer literacy and proficiency in software systems such as Microsoft Office applications, Excel, NVivo and SPSS software.

Candidates who can demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:

  • Well‐developed skills in managing peer review and user testing processes.

  • Knowledge and experience in working in the project field of end‐of‐life care or aged care.

Life at Flinders

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options

  • Flexible working arrangements

  • Wide range of professional development activities and services

  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff

  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care servicesgym  and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia).

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy  

How to Apply and Information

  • You are required to submit Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Key Position Capabilities of the position description.

  • For more information regarding this position, please contact Professor Jennifer Tieman.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.


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Applications to be submitted before 10.00pm:

18 June 2023

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.

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