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Research Assistant - Applied Perinatal Nutrition (Internal Applicants Only)

Apply now Job No:512002
Area:Faculty of Medicine
Salary (FTE):Professional Level 06 ($80,784.26 - $86,768.42)
Work type:Part Time - Fixed Term
Location: Herston

UQ Centre for Clinical Research

The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) is a $70 million purpose-built facility sponsored by Atlantic Philanthropies, the Queensland Government (Smart State funding) and UQ. The building, completed in early 2008, is located at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital site at Herston, Brisbane. The RBWH is the largest teaching hospital in Australia and the site also houses a basic medical research institute (QIMR), and a significant Faculty of Medicine presence, including the Schools of Public Health. The UQCCR has capacity for 320 staff with affiliation guided by research strengths, assessed by defined research quality indicators.

UQCCR’s mission is to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations based on rigorous, high quality clinical research. This is achieved by facilitating research and training, influencing patient care, and providing the translational linkages between basic and applied scientific research, the patient, and health outcomes. The current research themes are: Clinical Neuroscience; Women’s Cancer; Fertility; and Infectious Diseases.

UQCCR is a University-level research Centre reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. The centre’s postgraduate students are enrolled through partnering Schools.

About This Opportunity

We currently have an excellent opportunity for a dedicated Research Assistant to further develop perinatal nutrition experience and gain exposure to the broad range of implementation processes within Queensland Health facilities!

Working independently at times, this role will focus on the planning and establishment of projects; development of study materials, and contribution to data management analysis and drafting of manuscripts.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop multi-site study protocols for several projects in the area of pregnancy weight gain and gestational diabetes practices.
  • Critically appraise appropriate health and implementation science literature to prepare for the projects.
  • Delivery of educational activities, either in written or oral format, to a broad range of audiences including health professionals within antenatal care and community GP’s
  • Contribute to the writing of grants and peer-reviewed papers.

This position is located at our Herston Campus, UQ’s core campus for clinical health teaching and research.  Conveniently located just minutes from Brisbane’s city centre, there is access to multiple public transport connections, onsite parking and cycling facilities.

Our Ideal Candidate

Alongside the completion of qualifications and training equivalent to an undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Previous experience in antenatal care and gestational diabetes management, with a demonstrated ability to contribute to change management in routine service delivery.
  • The capacity to undertake high quality written analysis, such as literature reviews.
  • Previous experience with research grant applications and HREC applications.
  • An ability to exercise high attention to detail and independent initiative to prioritise own workload, work independently and meet deadlines.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a part-time (0.2 FTE) 12 month fixed-term appointment at HEW Level 6.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $80,784 - $86,768 plus super of up to 17%. The total package available is in the range of $94,517 - $101,519.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, discounted private health insurance, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 512002PN_Research Assistant_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Susie de Jersey, via

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing selection criteria (in the attached PD)
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

This opportunity is only available to current casual, fixed term or continuing employees at The University of Queensland as well as any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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