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Research Officer – NDARC

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

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.

About the role:

  • 1 year Fixed-term, Part-time (0.8 FTE) role
  • $87, 033 - $92, 843 (plus 9.5% Superannuation & Leave loading)
  • Sydney, Australia based

The Research Officer will contribute to the Drug Trends program. The Drug Trends program is an internationally renowned system which NDARC has coordinated since 1996. The program is key to identifying emerging problems in substance use in Australia and providing impetus for policy responses and intervention. The Drug Trends program involves analysing and triangulating various data sources, including interviews with people with use illicit drugs, secondary indicator data on drug-related harms (e.g., drug-related hospitalisations and mortality), and online data on drug supply and markets. The Drug Trends program is entering an exciting new phase, adopting novel methods to respond to new challenges in monitoring substance use (e.g., online drug marketplaces, availability of new psychoactive substances) and innovative communication strategies to reach national and international audiences. The role of Research Officer reports to the study Chief Investigator and has no direct reports.

Please review the position description for more details on the role requirements. Download File Research Officer - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Honours degree in epidemiology, public health, behavioural sciences, social sciences or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in cleaning, merging, and managing large data sets, including implementing various strategies to maximise data integrity.
  • Demonstrated experience in applied/advanced quantitative analyses. Evidenced training in analysing trends over time would be highly regarded.
  • Evidence of bringing innovation and improvements in achieving core objectives and outputs, including reflecting on and improving own work practice.
  • Skills in data mining, programming, and/or data visualisation would be advantageous.
  • Commitment to integrity and sensitivity in interacting with marginalised or at-risk populations and about sensitive issues, including in complying with ethical, legal, and policy requirements.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills including the ability to contribute to research outputs and reports for diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application.

You will need to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent resident.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Contact: Dr Amy Peacock


Applications close: 11pm 24th September 2019

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