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Research Assistant

LocationWallsend, NSW 2287
Work TypeFull Time - Fixed Term
Positions1 Position
Job no: HRC0007586
Category: Professional, HEW 5
  • Provide support to Cochrane Public Health and a series of health promotion projects focused on chronic disease prevention
  • Full time fixed term (until Dec ’25) opportunity based at Wallsend Hospital
  • 17% super, generous annual, personal, and life leave, wellbeing programs, health and fitness discounts

Be challenged and imagine with us

We are seeking a dedicated Research Assistant to join our integrated research practice partnership teams. You will be engaged in a series of health promotion projects focused on chronic disease prevention in schools and community settings, as well as evidence synthesis.

As part of this position, you will support and undertake the core administrative and research functions of Cochrane Public Health, a leading partner in two Cochrane thematic groups: People, Health Systems and Public Health; and Nutrition and Physical Activity.

In this role you will:

  • Provide administrative support to assist with the required editorial processes, including reporting, and preparing meeting documents and agendas.
  • Support with systematic reviews, including screening and extracting data from published studies, drafting manuscripts, and assisting in grant and ethics applications.
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of research trials.

This fixed term position is full time, until December 2025, and will be located at Wallsend Hospital.


How will you inspire us?

You will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in research activities, including systematic reviews and manuscript drafting.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with diverse stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with the processes and requirements of data collection, and grant and ethics applications.
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills.


This position will give you the opportunity to:

  • Work with leading experts in public health.
  • Engage in impactful research projects focused on chronic disease prevention.
  • Work in a collaborative and supportive work environment.


What we offer

The remuneration for this position is from $77,858 to $90,316 + 17% superannuation and is commensurate with skills and experience. 

We offer a range of benefits and employment conditions that help you balance your commitments, stay healthy, and work effectively. For information on our employee benefits (such as leave, flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships, and salary packaging) please visit here.  


About our University

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision are our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability.


Your next steps

Important information before you apply:

  • Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role.
  • If viewing this on a job board other than the University's please click ‘Apply’ (or equivalent) to reach the University's website, where a copy of the Position Description can be accessed. Please download a copy from the Related Documents section before commencing your application.
  • Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.


Your application:

Your application must include:

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply for this opportunity.
  • A statement addressing the criteria listed below (these may differ slightly from the Position Description, please only respond to the below in your application).
  1. Completion of a degree in health, social and behavioural sciences (or similar); or completion of an associate diploma and at least 2 years subsequent relevant work experience.
  2. Demonstrated organisational skills and capacity to support the co-ordination of research and research centre activities.
  3. Highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to participate in a team environment demonstrating clear communication and mutual respect.
  4. Demonstrated ability to support large scale the design implementation and evaluation of research studies; and the conduct of evidence syntheses.

Please upload your Cover Letter and response to the requested Criteria as one PDF document. This document should not exceed 3 pages.


Contact Us

For specific position enquiries, please contact Emily Princehorn, Manager - Operations and Strategic Partnerships on (02) 4033 9455 or via email at emily.princehorn@newcastle.edu.au

Having technical difficulties? Please reach out to us: employment@newcastle.edu.au Please note, we do not accept email applications.


Closing date: Tuesday 16 July 2024 at 11.59pm AEST

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do. 

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.