Fixed term, 12 month, part time (80%FTE) contract
As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
About the position:
The NHMRC funded D-Kids trial will investigate whether daily vitamin D supplementation compared to placebo given to mothers from 28 weeks gestation until birth and their infants from birth until 4 months of age, reduces the incidence of acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in terms of hospitalisations or primary care presentations in the infants’ first twelve months of life. The trial will be the first to involve Indigenous Australians and guide best practice for vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy and infancy for the prevention of ARIs.
The role of the Research Nurse is to ensure that the trial meets standards of Good Clinical Practice, including informed consent, participant eligibility assessments and adverse event monitoring. The incumbent will be responsible for participant recruitment, clinical data and specimen collection, and follow-up visits according to the Study Protocol and Standard Operating Procedures. This position will be based in Darwin but will require some travel (by light aircraft or 4WD) to remote communities during recruitment of study participants.
The successful applicant will have:
- Tertiary nursing qualification and registration with the relevant Profession Health Board Licensing Authority and at least four (4) years subsequent relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
- Understanding and knowledge of health issues affecting the wellbeing of Indigenous children in contemporary Australian society.
- Highly effective communication skills with ability to build strong productive relationships within the organisation and establish collaborative partnerships with people from diverse cultures and a wide range of stakeholders.
- Training and support of study staff to ensure the research is conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to change and work in a fluid environment as part of a research team and under general direction to achieve program milestones and outcomes.
- Excellent management skills, ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads with minimal guidance in a fast- paced environment whilst achieving results and meeting tight deadlines.
- Strong record keeping skills, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, punctuality and positive attitude.
- Demonstrated initiative, positive attitude and capacity to work independently under general direction and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- High degree of computer literacy including expertise in Microsoft Office suite and a demonstrated ability to quickly acquire skills in new software packages.
- The ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.
- Research experience or relevant work experience involving evidence-based medicine, clinical trials, health or policy.
- Understanding of, or ability to acquire understanding of, the ethical considerations for conducting research with participants.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Contact: Michelle Lamberth, Clinical Trial Manager, on 08 8946 8629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What we offer:
- 6 weeks annual leave
- Option to increase super to 14%
- Attractive salary package and benefits $111,220 - $119,651 salary package (including superannuation and salary packaging benefits equivalent to a gross salary $87,586 - $95,051 pa, pro-rata
Closing date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8626.