First listed on: 25 May 2018

Research Associate 

Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU)
Sydney Medical School
Reference no. 1008/0518F

  • Fantastic opportunity to work within a highly regarded research team
  • Part-time (0.8FTE), Fixed Term for 12 months
  • Base salary $71K-96K p.a pro-rata, with generous superannuation benefits

About the opportunity 

The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit is a busy organisation focused on research into rare childhood diseases. We require an enthusiastic Research Associate to work with a well-established and highly regarded research team to provide data management  support to our current projects including data quality control, development of data collection forms, data extraction, entry, analysis and routine reporting. The primary function of this role is to assist with national surveillance studies and communicate with study investigators.  We are looking for a methodical person with great attention to detail, who has a ‘can-do’ attitude, is capable, adaptable, friendly and able to work in a ‘flexible’ work environment.

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 a Research Associate who has:

  • Bachelor’s degree relevant to medical science, epidemiology or public health or equivalent and relevant experience
  • Working knowledge of research methods in clinical research, epidemiology or health services research
  • Demonstrated practical experience in working with research protocols, data extraction forms and questionnaires in a clinical research environment
  • Demonstrated practical experience in database development (including online data capture forms eg: RedCap or similar)
  • Demonstrated practical experience in data collection, data entry and analysis
  • Sound understanding of data confidentiality and principles of ethical research practice
  • Demonstrated organisational skills and meticulous record keeping
  • Proven track record of efficient time management and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Experience in writing reports and developing study documentation
  • Excellent communication skills and a “can-do” attitude

Previous experience working in a paediatric research setting would be advantageous.

About us

The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) is a national resource, established in 1993 to facilitate active surveillance of uncommon childhood diseases, complications of common diseases or adverse effects of treatment. Diseases are chosen for their public health significance and impact on health resources. To date, a range of infectious, vaccine preventable, mental health, congenital and genetic conditions and injuries have been studied. For many childhood conditions, the APSU is the only national mechanism for data collection.

APSU has been used by over 300 individual researchers, to run >60 surveillance studies, 15 are currently ongoing and the unit has been influential in the development of international surveillance units. Currently there are 11 surveillance units worldwide. Epidemiological and clinical data collected through the APSU are of direct relevance to clinical and public health policy and resource allocation and thus impact on the health and welfare of Australian children.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm Thursday 21 June 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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