Research Assistant - Palliative Medicine

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jul 10, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0049607
Location: Fitzroy
Role type:
Part-time (0.4FTE); Fixed-term for 6 months
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital
Academic A – $83,468 - $113.262 p.a. (pro-rata for PT)

About the Role
Located at St Vincent's Hospital, this 6-month position supports Professor Jennifer Philip and the Palliative Nexus Research Group in public health and health services research focused on end-of-life care. The role involves conducting projects aimed at improving care outcomes and promoting informed choices for people with serious illnesses and their families. The successful candidate will hold a tertiary research qualification and expertise in palliative care, cancer, health services research, or community engagement.

Your responsibilities will include:

Who We Are Looking For
The ideal candidate possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills, empathy, and a willingness to interact with diverse research communities and patients. They have developed time management and organisational skills, the ability to prioritise workloads, and experience engaging with health professionals, community services, and distressed clients.

You will also have:

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Medicine

Step into the world of impactful medical education and pioneering research with the Department of Medicine at the prestigious Melbourne Medical School. As a vital hub within the University of Melbourne teaching hospitals, we are at the forefront of clinical, educational, and research endeavours. Our reach spans across renowned institutions like Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Austin Health, Western Health, and Northern Health, offering you a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge clinical trials and innovative healthcare research.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  1. Tertiary research qualification in psychology, social science, public health or a related healthcare discipline (or equivalent substantive research experience).
  2. Demonstrated experience in research assistance/ project management, including support of the day-to-day conduct of multiple research projects.
  3. Strong communication skills including experience liaising or working effectively with both professional and community audiences.

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