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Research Officer - National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

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

RESEARCH OFFICER – National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

  • Employment Type:  Full Time – 35 hours per week - 12 months
  • Remuneration: $90,566 - $96,613 + 17% Superannuation
  • Location: Randwick 2031, NSW

About UNSW: 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

See the difference you can make; through the work you do.

Be in a place that’s at the forefront of delivering and sharing education and research

Be inspired by the talent and passion of colleagues and students

Why Your Role Matters: As a Research Officer, you will primarily assist in the preparation and conduct of a range of studies that involve the analysis of data on the outcomes, morbidity and mortality related to the use and injection of opioids (both heroin and pharmaceutical opioids) and amphetamines.

This work will involve liaison with collaborators in Australia and overseas, and will involve preparation of ethics applications, analysis of data and contribution to peer reviewed publications and presentations.

As a Research Officer, you will contribute actively to the analysis of a range of datasets on this topic. Studies that this includes are the Pain and Opioids IN Treatment (POINT) study cohort, the POPPY cohort, and a range of other linked datasets and studies relating to opioids.

This position will offer excellent career opportunities and provide the opportunity to develop a strong track record in drug research.


  • Undertake data management, including cleaning and merging large data sets, maintaining data dictionaries, and ensuring data integrity.
  • Undertake quantitative data analyses, including regression analyses and analysis of trends over time.
  • Plan and prepare research outputs, including research reports, peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and interactive website updates.
  • Ensure the ethical conduct of the study, including managing and coordinate the preparation, submission, and maintenance of various ethical approvals.
  • Co-ordinate employment, training, and supervision of casual staff for data collection.
  • Liaise with various organisations, data custodians and stakeholders.
  • Report on study progress to the study investigator team at meetings and teleconferences to assist with timely completion of project activities within available resources.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Supervisor

 Who You Are:

  • An Honours degree in the behavioural sciences, social sciences, epidemiology 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. Training in, and evidence of, analysing trends over time would be advantageous.
  • Skills in data mining, programming, and/or data visualisation would be advantageous.
  • Evidence of bringing innovation and improvements in achieving core objectives and outputs, including reflecting on and improving own work practice.
  • Strong organisational and project management skills, including the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a high level of independence and in a team, and liaising with other agencies and professionals.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills including the ability to contribute to research outputs and reports for diverse audiences.

Benefits and Culture: At UNSW you belong to a vibrant campus community, where dreamers are doers. You are constantly surrounded by inspiration, no matter what your position. Our motto, “Make It Matter” is at the heart of everything we do, here, your work makes a real difference to people’s lives.

A copy of the Position Description and further details can be found on JOBS@UNSW.

How to Apply: If this position interests you, please click Apply Now and submit your CV or Resume and Cover Letter (Please note applicants must have full-time work rights in Australia)

Submit your application online before Thursday 2nd June 2022 at 11:55pm

Get in Touch:

Chris Haywood, UNSW Talent Coordinator

Please note applications sent directly to the contact above cannot be accepted.



UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention, and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).


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