Research Officer

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Dec 16, 2021

Job Description:

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Department of Infectious Diseases

The Department of Infectious Diseases is a recently established department of the Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences that is based at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute). Research within the department encompasses infectious diseases including antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, influenza, viral hepatitis, sexually-transmitted infections, skin pathogens and emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19. Our researchers come from diverse backgrounds, including discovery research and basic scientists, clinician researchers, epidemiologists, public health physicians and microbiologists. We have a strong interest in improving health in Indigenous communities and in global health.

About the Role

The Department is seeking to appoint a Research Officer for an exciting research project that will be conducted on Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land, NT in 2022. The research project is a clinical trial that will evaluate the effectiveness of a nutrition and lifestyle program on metabolic health and well-being.

The Research Officer will have the opportunity to reside in community and be responsible for managing day-to-day project activities, including:

Depending on qualifications, the Research Officer may also be responsible for conducting health checks and drawing a blood sample from potential participants. The successful candidate will be well supported by other members of the team both remotely and during visits to Elcho Island, including the Melbourne-based Trial Coordinator, nutrition academics, physicians, statisticians, local advisory groups, and other Investigators. The incumbent will be based in Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island, and will work closely with the nutrition program staff based on Elcho Island, and in Darwin.

About You

You will have a demonstrated ability to work successfully in a cross-cultural setting including supervising and training local staff. You will be a critical thinker and have the ability to provide support for the development and implementation of research in a field setting. You will be a keen problem-solver who can work independently as well as in teams to utilise conceptual and innovative problem-solving skills for managing conflicting priorities. You must be able to reside at the trial site from February 1st to around August 7th 2022, and from mid-September until around mid-December (depending on completion of final assessments and closing research field site).

Ideally, you will further have:

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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