First listed on: 04 February 2019

Research Assistant

  • Exciting opportunity to support the research activity of “A new quality of life instrument with older people for economic evaluation”
  • Located at the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research based at the Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards
  • Fixed term, part-time 0.6FTE (minimum 3 days per week) for 18 months with possibility of extension subject to funding and base salary $73K pro-rata p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research is looking for a dynamic Research Assistant to provide technical and operational support to Professor Ian Cameron, Chief Investigator and Head, John Walsh Centre.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for preparing relevant materials in collaboration with team members and facilitating efficient operation of the research team. The incumbent will also be expected to coordinate the activities associated with the research project and work towards ensuring that data collection and analysis are prepared for and run smoothly.

More information on the John Walsh Research Centre can be found 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 a Research Assistant in Quality of Life Assessment in frail older people who possesses the following:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Health or Social Science discipline or related field. May have (or be working towards) postgraduate qualifications
  • extensive experience developing and working on research projects, carrying out literary searches and preparing literary reviews for further analysis
  • advanced data analysis skills, using statistical tools and reporting
  • current Driver’s licence and willingness to travel to conduct interviews

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills as well as ability to conduct interviews with older and vulnerable people from diverse backgrounds. The candidate will also be able to work independently and as part of a team and maintain confidential data records.

About us  

This project aims to develop and validate a new preference based quality of life instrument for application in economic evaluation in aged care. The new instrument will be uniquely developed from its inception with older people receiving aged care services and will focus upon incorporating their values into the measurement and evaluation of quality of life for economic evaluation. The intended outcome of the project is to provide a robust mechanism to incorporate a consumer focused, quality of life outcomes perspective to decision-making processes in aged care. The new instrument will have immediate applicability in quality assessment and economic evaluation improving the quality of life and wellbeing of older Australians.

Read more about the Clinical School here

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 Australias 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.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 126/0119F to apply.


As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks such as National Criminal Record Check and Working with Aged Care check prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit:NSW Health employment requirements and

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm 18 February 2019

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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