Research Officer

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime

 Job Reference: 849233

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.

About the role

The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team working on an innovative primary health care research study addressing gaps in the delivery of effective weight management dietetic services to improve patient outcomes for people living with obesity. This position provides research and administrative support to the Academic Project Lead.  The project that 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 position will provide support across a range of functions associated with the successful execution of this research project.  This may include coordinating project activities and implementing project deliverables, managing data and working with researchers to draft reports and research documentation. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Under the guidance of the Chief Investigators, manage and coordinate project work plans, timelines and implementation methods.
  • Manage participant recruitment, dietary assessment, data collection and data analysis.
  • Coordinate project activities and liaise with project stakeholders and participants to facilitate project outcomes.
  • Participate in the conduct of research activities/experiments/field trips in accordance with the skills required of the position.
  • Collate, synthesise, review and summarise information from literature searches.
  • Supervise research staff and consultant dietitians delivering the clinical trial.
  • Coordinate research meetings, including agenda papers, preparing and distributing minutes and following up action items.
  • Develop and deliver training materials required for the clinical trial.
  • Prepare content for research documentation, which may include research grant/funding applications, ethics proposals, research papers and conference presentations.
Essential Criteria
  • A relevant degree with subsequent relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian recognised by Dietitians Australia
  • Demonstrated project management, communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to apply current evidence-based dietetic knowledge to patient weight management at an advanced practice level.
  • Works effectively within an interdisciplinary team and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a primary health care with patients or clients.
  • Demonstrated discipline specific knowledge and experience in relevant scientific/research methods, techniques and protocols.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills with the ability to coordinate and implement project activities, prioritise work activities and meet deadlines.
Desirable Criteria
  • A higher degree by research masters or doctoral qualification
  • Demonstrated experience in research
  • Demonstrated experience in primary health care?
Why choose Curtin?
  • State of the art offices and agile working.
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions.
  • A vibrant campus with gym, child care, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • Curtin continues to be a leader in reconciliation in the Higher Education sector, being one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevate RAP - the highest level within Reconciliation Australia’s Workplace RAP Framework.
  • The University has recently been named as one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)
  • A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

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Work Requirements

  • Prior to appointment, the recommended applicant/s will need to have a current criminal record check in accordance with the University's National Police Certificate Assessment Procedures.  
COVID 19 – Vaccination Policy

Candidates should note that some Curtin University positions are covered by the Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces.

If the position you are applying for is covered by this policy, you will be required to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status (or formally granted exemption) prior to commencing employment.

Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role.

Applications close: 10pm AWST Wednesday 25th May 2022 

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on  

If you have any further queries regarding the role, please contact:
Deborah Kerr –   

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers by the Diversity Council of Australia.
  • One of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an ‘Elevate’ Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation
  • 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019)

Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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