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Research Officer

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Research Administration support

Research Officer

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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

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 School of Psychiatry is widely reputed as the pre-eminent psychiatric research department in the country, and one of the leading university groups internationally. It is located at the UNSW teaching hospitals at various metropolitan sites in the Sydney region and in rural New South Wales. The main administrative unit is located within the Black Dog Institute at Randwick. The School is a dynamic organisation and has a reputation for excellence and success in attracting nationally competitive research grant funding. It participates in teaching UNSW’s undergraduate medical students and administers postgraduate research and coursework programs.

The Research Officer will participate in the research program at the KU Marcia Burgess Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) established through Commonwealth funding with UNSW as a research partner to build the evidence base for early intervention in autism.

This Research Officer position will contribute to the research being carried out as part of the Child and Family Outcome Study funded by Department of Social Services involving the six ASELCCs across the six states in Australia. This involves entry and exit data collection including cognitive assessment, autism assessment and family assessment of children with autism attending the NSW ASELCC for early intervention.

The role of Research Officer reports to the Project Leader, and Head, Academic Department of Child Psychiatry South-West Sydney (AUCS), and has no direct reports.

About the role

  • $83k - $90k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

• Contribute to research at the KU Marcia Burgess Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) by assisting with the preparation of ethics applications, manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and grant applications under the direction of the Supervisor

• Support the recruitment of children and families for the different components of the evaluation program by obtaining consent from participants and conducting assessments

• Collect and collate the data set, working closely with the Centre staff and other researchers involved in the program

• Maintain contact and facilitate data management at baseline and at I year time points

• Maintain the study database utilising Excel /SPSS and National database, and organise data and ensure quality control

• Ensure compliance with Workplace Health & Safety practices, research ethics legislation and organisational obligations

• Collaborate with researchers and stakeholders associated with the projects and research group and participate in meetings and discussions as required

• Perform other duties as requested by your 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 with Honours (or a related/relevant discipline) or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training or experience

• Proven documented research and/or clinical experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder (including clinical/developmental assessments)

• Proven ability to conduct comprehensive literature, media, website and archival searches including the preparation of literature reviews • Demonstrated skills in inductive and deductive data collection and analysis methods

• Proven ability to prepare reports for a variety of audiences and ability to attract ASD related research grants

• Ability to use initiative and work both independently, as well as part of a team to deliver project outcomes

• Demonstrated capacity to maintain effective relationships with patients and families, using well-developed interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional relationships with colleagues and a variety of external stakeholders

• Excellent computing skills, including proficiency in the use of statistical software

• 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.


Valsamma Eapen



Applications close:   11:00pm  27th September 2018

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