• The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jul 1, 2021

Job Description:

Located at the Royal Melbourne Hospital campus in the Department of Medicine, this Senior Indigenous Research and Engagement Officer will undertake research in the field of Indigenous health and medical research. They will be part of a dynamic Indigenous-led research group seeking to develop Indigenous frameworks and methodologies for health and medical research.

The ultimate aim of these frameworks and methodologies is to reposition, centre and empower Indigenous voice, leadership and priorities in mainstream health and medical research. So that this can be achieved are leading research that channels Indigenous creativity and reframes Indigenous health as a solution space rather than a problem space. Our vision is to produce a body of research that centres Indigenous voice, and which clearly articulates Indigenous community concerns, needs and priorities. How to best communicate the findings of research in ways that are meaningful to community and which serve as a foundation for tangible benefits at the community level are important questions for our research team.

This Senior Indigenous Research and Engagement Officer will demonstrate dynamic and active leadership in all facets of research, with a commitment to ethical conduct and practice in Indigenous research and community engagement. Administrative duties commensurate with the position will also be required.

About you:
Minimum Qualifications Required
• A PhD qualification in a relevant discipline and/or equivalent mix of education and relevant experience
Skills and Experience required to fulfill the position:
• Experience with community consultation, engagement and feedback
• Experience working within Victorian Aboriginal organisations and/or communities
• Qualitative research knowledge and skills including group dialogues, semi-structured interviews, thematic analysis and coding.
• Experience coordinating and facilitating deliberative workshops bringing together diverse stakeholders leading to a summary of shared viewpoints
• Preparation and submission of manuscripts and reports summarizing research progress and outcomes.
• Demonstrated organisational and planning skills, including the ability to prioritise workload and plan and deliver multiple project activities concurrently
• Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to liaise and work effectively with stakeholders in a large and complex organisation.
• Proven ability to support senior staff, with a capacity to exercise sound judgement, diplomacy and discretion and a demonstrated ability to handle information in a confidential and appropriate manner.