Research Assistant (SOLES)

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Darlington, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime

  • Full time, fixed term until 31st December 2023. Located on the Darlington Campus

  • Exciting opportunity to contribute to research in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences

  • Base Salary HEO4 $75,543 (pro-rata) + 17% superannuation 

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is currently seeking a Research Assistant to provide technical and operational support to Professor Alex McBratney and his team. This includes preparing relevant materials in collaboration with team members, performing fundamental aspects of research work and facilitating the efficient operation of the research laboratory by providing essential technical and operational support.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • carry out literary searches, collect papers, code information, summarise literature, for the Chief Investigator and/or Academics of the School/Faculty

  • support the design of research work being undertaken in the work area

  • undertake specific research activity as part of the broader research agenda

  • maintain research laboratory, oversee operations and student research activity in the work area

  • ensure that ethics guidelines, standards and WHS requirements are met in the work area

  • conduct NIR and MIR spectroscopy of soil and grain, Xray fluorescent spectroscopy and general soil and grain data analysis.

To learn more about the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) click here .

About you:

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Research Assistant who has:

  • experience in a research-intensive environment or interest in teaching and working in academia

  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications

  • working understanding of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment

  • experience in carrying out literary searches, and preparing literary reviews for further analysis

  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. 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 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.

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.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page. 

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Tuesday 04 April 2023 11:59 PM
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