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Research Assistant

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Lecturer, Tutor / Associate Lecturer

Research Assistant

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  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

* Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) was established at the University of New South Wales by the Commonwealth Government in 1986 to extend the knowledge base required for effective treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug related problems and to enhance the overall research capacity in the drug and alcohol field. The Centre is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, for its contribution to drug and alcohol research. The Research Assistant will contribute to prevention research within The Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS). The Research Assistant will provide support to the Program Officer with the adaptation, development, evaluation and dissemination of culturally-appropriate evidencebased information about crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) for and in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Research Assistant reports to the Project Officer and has no direct reports.

About the role

  • $71k-$81k  plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

• Assist with the adaptation, development, evaluation and dissemination of culturally-appropriate evidence-based information about crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) and in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;

• Assist with updating and maintaining the online information and resources;

• Assist in the drafting of new factsheets for the website, and update existing content via the Content Management System (CMS);

• Conduct literature reviews and scoping of prevention resources and culturally-appropriate assessment tools;

• Assist with the coordination testing of the Cracks in the Ice toolkit with community members to understand how the website is being used and how to better tailor and target the information and resources;

• Assist with preparation of presentations, reports and ethics applications;

• Implement equal opportunity and diversity policies and programs;

• Perform other duties as requested by the Supervisor

• Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Selection Criteria

• Degree in psychology, public health, behavioural or social sciences (or near completion);

• Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and ethical considerations;

• Previous experience in digital health communication among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, experience working with young people and/or use of online technologies would be highly regarded;

• Experience conducting research in the fields of mental health and/or substance use, including experience with carrying out literature reviews within academic databases, data collection, management and analysis;

• Strong organisational skills including the ability to prioritise a range of tasks and meet deadlines;

• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills;

• Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training. 


You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online.


Stephanie Kershaw


T: +61 (2) 8936 1049

Applications close:   11:00pm 20th September 2018

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