Research Associate - ORCHID Study

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 06 Oct 2022

Job no:510279
Work type:part time
Categories:Indigenous Studies, Health and Medical Sciences

The Rural Clinical School of WA

  • Position will predominately be based in Broome
  • Part time (0.5FTE) fixed term appointment ending 30th June 2027
  • Salary range: Level A $74,236 - $99,905 p.a. pro rata plus 17% superannuation plus Kimberley allowances  

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.  UWA’s Indigenous Strategy for research includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff at UWA and supporting them to build a research profile.

The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) is a unit within the Medical School, which provides rural clinical training for WA medical students. The RCSWA spans a breadth of some 3,500kms across multiple sites in WA to provide a positive rural educational experience, increase the quantity and quality of the rural workforce, and conduct collaborative community and health services research to improve Aboriginal health outcomes in rural and remote Australia.

About the team  

Kimberley RCSWA research projects include the recently funded Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) optimisation of screening and management of hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose levels) in pregnancy (HIP). ORCHID Study Phase 3 will support implementation of our simplified screening approaches and improve management of HIP by helping empower Aboriginal women and their families to make positive lifestyle choices aimed at improving birth outcomes and preventing progression of chronic diseases.

About the opportunity  

Under the direction of ORCHID Study Co-Leads, you will work with the ORCHID Study team and participating communities and their health services to co-design and trial management strategies for Aboriginal women with HIP. You will also assist in monitoring and evaluating implementation of simplified screening approaches for HIP.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate: 

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency such as community consultation and engagement
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and society, and health and wellbeing and commitment to Aboriginal community consultation and control
  • Highly developed interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team

About you

Prior experience and skills in research including community research design, analysis and reporting is desirable. You will have enthusiasm and be willing to learn new skills.

This position will require the successful appointee to hold a current ‘C’ class driver’s licence.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   PD - Research Associate 510279 .pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria  

Closing date: Thursday, 6 October 2022

This position is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community people who have significant relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button. 

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Advertised:15 Sep 2022 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:06 Oct 2022 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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