6 months part time (0.5 FTE) contract based in Darwin
Menzies School of Health Research is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving Indigenous, global and tropical health. Menzies has a history of over 30 years of scientific discovery and public health achievement. Menzies works at the frontline, joining with partners across the Asia-Pacific as well as Indigenous communities across Northern and Central Australia.
About the position:
The Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE) at Menzies is responsible for a program of multi-disciplinary research that evaluates the effectiveness of school and community-based approaches to promotion of social and emotional wellbeing of youth. CCDE works in partnership with communities, schools, health services and other agencies of government to develop culturally adapted interventions to promote resilience and to prevent suicide.
The Skills for Life project is a skills-based education program developed for remote Indigenous youth in secondary schools. The project was initially funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and supported by the NT Government Department of Education. The project team is currently undertaking analysis of data for reporting and publication and a curriculum review in anticipation of continuing implementation.
The Research Assistant requires to have qualifications and experience in psychological or social sciences with skills in data management and statistical analysis. The incumbent will be responsible for a range of tasks for the Skills for Life project including the management of project data, statistical analysis and the preparation of outputs for evaluation reports and/or peer-reviewed publication.
This position would be compatible with enrolment in a post graduate research degree on a related topic.
The Research Assistant position is based in Darwin.
The Research Assistant will:
- Under direction of senior researchers, manage project data, conduct analyses using appropriate statistical methods, create and prepare analysis outputs for evaluation reports and/or peer-reviewed publication
- Contribute to the production and editing of reports, editing of tables and figures for publication drafts and other project outputs.
- To consult with researchers, partners and other team members by telephone and/or face to face meetings and engage in other professional activities as required.
- Maintain confidentiality in all matters regarding staff, clients, data and work in progress.
- Any other tasks as reasonably required by the supervisor, manager and/or Director.
The successful applicant will have:
- Tertiary qualifications, training and experience in research or practice in a relevant discipline of social, behavioural or health sciences.
- Demonstrated understanding of quantitative research techniques with sound skills in statistical analysis and production of analytical outputs for reporting and publication.
- Sound data management skills and ability to use statistical software including SPSS, Stata and other packages.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct research in strict adherence to ethical protocols.
- Evidence of ability to compile and assess research evidence through literature reviews, etc.
- Familiarity with various research methods relevant to evaluation of programs in health or education in Indigenous communities.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, with supervision by senior researchers.
- Maintain a current working with children clearance (Ochre Card) in the NT.
Contact: Prof Gary Robinson (08) 8946 8458 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What we offer:
- 6 weeks annual leave
- Option to increase super to 14%
- Attractive salary package and benefits $89,658 - $114,604 pro-rata salary package (comprising gross salary $68,797 - $90,576 pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.
Closing date: Sunday, 9 August 2020
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit www.menzies.edu.au/careers or phone 08 8946 8626.