Research Assistant, Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences job with UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Location: Parcville

Role Type: Full time (1.0 FTE) or part time (0.8 FTE) available; 24 month CDD

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences

Salary: Level A – $93,979 – $101,137 per year (pro-rated for part-timers) plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s No. 1 university and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

About the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences has an enviable research record and is the largest faculty at the University of Melbourne in terms of management of financial resources, employment of academic and professional staff, development teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students (including advanced research degrees) and conducting basic and applied research. The Faculty’s gross revenues in 2013 exceeded $550 million. About 40% of these revenues are related to research activities.

About the role

We have 2 CDD positions of 24 months as a research assistant available within the Center for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) in the Department of Physiotherapy. Individuals with a background in a health-related discipline will be considered for the position.

In this role, you will work on clinical research in the field of musculoskeletal disorders, in particular patellofemoral pain and/or osteoarthritis. Emphasis is placed on the role of non-drug and non-surgical treatments such as exercise, footwear, diet, education, and self-management strategies. You will report directly to the Musculoskeletal Research Program Managers. You will also need to get fluent in working with child control before you start in the role.

In a typical week at work, you can:

  • Contribute to specific ongoing and planned musculoskeletal research projects
  • Collection and processing of clinical trial and other research participant data
  • Write documents, including study protocols and outcome measures
  • Actively participate in CHESM and Physiotherapy Department activities
  • Actively contribute to CHESM engagement activities

About you

You are a passionate problem solver with the ability to follow detailed projects effectively. Your initiative and high-level organizational skills will enable you to succeed in this role, achieve project goals and meet agreed deadlines. You are confident to work independently, but also enjoy collaborating within a team environment. You will have a strong commitment to the highest standards of scientific and ethical integrity and the ability to strictly adhere to study protocols.

Ideally, you will also have:

  • Undergraduate degree in a health-related discipline
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Excellent computer skills, especially with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

To ensure that the University continues to provide a safe environment for all, this position requires the incumbent to hold an up-to-date and valid working with children verification.

Benefits of working with us

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

  • Flexible work arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages with disabilities and from diverse cultures are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, your resume, and your responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

^For information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected]

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritizing applicants with valid work rights in Australia and applicants who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border provisions:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidelines and directives issued by the Victorian Minister of Health.

The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully immunized against COVID-19 unless an exemption order applies. All applicants must therefore meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Job Description : 0056091_ResearchAssistant_PD.pdf

Closing of applications: July 25, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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