First listed on: 30 January 2024

Research Assistant - Environmental Health

  • Child Health Research Centre
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  • Full time, 12 month contract at HEW level 5
  • Based at the Queensland Children's Hospital in South Brisbane.

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave
  • 17% superannuation contributions
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, and purchased leave
  • Health and wellness discounts - fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family
  • Salary packaging options

About This Opportunity

The Children's Health and Environment Program conducts a range of studies of childhood exposure to environmental hazards and resulting health effects. The Research Assistant provides technical research support and subject matter expertise in support of a number of epidemiological projects being conducted within the program, at all stages of the research life-cycle. The Research Assistant will work closely with an environmental epidemiologist and will assist in all activities, such as liaising with participants, data collection and basic analysis, writing manuscripts and general administration tasks. This research will be conducted at the Queensland Children's Hospital and the Child Health Research Centre.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Data management, including collection, storage, and cleaning of study data
  • Conduct the data analysis and quality checks, including writing results of analysis, in collaboration with Project Coordinator
  • Drafts project-related research documentation and other materials
  • Assist with preparing reports on project outcomes
  • Assist with communication through social media channels
  • In discussion with the supervisor, manages the timelines of research projects
  • Other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor
  • Assists with drafting research documentation, including ethics and funding applications
  • Undertakes literature searches and reviews

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 1 year.

At HEW level 5, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $75,878.89 - $84,342.92 plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $88,778.30 - $98,681.22 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases - at least once a year.

About You

  • A qualification (Bachelor's degree or higher) in public health, statistics, epidemiology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in using R statistical program, or a related program
  • An ability to maintain accurate records and be confident navigating computer systems.
  • Ability to adjust easily to changing needs and priorities in order to facilitate project completion.
  • Ability to work autonomously, exercise sound judgement and work as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a Blue Card for working with children.


  • Experience in data management and analysis
  • Experience using geographic information systems
  • Previous experience with manuscript preparation and/or grant writing

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Dwan Vilcins, Group Leader Environmental Epidemiology on For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  

  • Resume 

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close: Sunday 18th February at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-34392). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday 13th March.


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