University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Casual Research Assistants - AUS-mTBI



  • Queensland Brain Institute

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Strong commitment and action toward a diverse and inclusive workforce

  • Work at our vibrant and conveniently located St Lucia campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    About This Opportunity


    The project is based on a collaboration between Curtin University, Monash University, the University of Queensland, and Metro North Hospital and Health Services. The AUS-mTBI study brings together national and international leading experts in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) care, health informatics and implementation science to improve patient care by designing and implementing a best-practice approach to gathering and linking nationally representative data from children and adults with mTBI.

    Primary Purpose of Position

    The research assistant will provide support to staff at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Services site. Duties include data collection, administering cognitive assessments, completing vestibular oculomoter screening, and completing balance assessments, record keeping, and providing support to the study sites when needed.

    Study Procedures

  • Record keeping and reporting: Confirmation of participants' identity and consent. Sample labelling; Completing pathology request forms; Scanning and uploading of request forms; Reporting of deviations and Adverse Events

  • Monitoring study participants whilst completing computer-based cognitive assessments such as the Cogstate questionnaire

  • Completion of the VOMS (vestibular ocular motor screening) assessment and recording of the results.

  • Completion of the BESS balance assessment.

  • Assisting study team members on any other data recordings.

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.

    About The Queensland Brain Institute

    The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) was established in 2003 on the St Lucia campus of UQ and is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 38 Group Leaders. The researchers work to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. This is done by exploring the neural circuits in the brain, how information is processed in these circuits, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, stroke, motor neuron disease, Parkinson's disease, anxiety and depression, and schizophrenia. Ultimately, researchers aim to develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function, and to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.

    Over the past decade QBI has become known as a world-leading neuroscience research institute. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in all four of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews (in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018), one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

    Details of the Institute may be accessed from the website: www.

    This is a casual position at HEW level 4 with an hourly rate from $45.42 to $48.22 per hour.

    About You


  • Tertiary qualifications, preferably in a science or health care discipline or relevant senior experience working in a science or health setting

  • Must have own reliable transport to travel to study sites

  • Must hold Blue Card for working with children (can be organized through UQ)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well and flexibly i.e. autonomously, in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders

  • Proficient in use of the Microsoft office suite of products including word, excel, PowerPoint and outlook

  • Any clinical experience with these assessments would be preferable but if not training will be provided.

  • Ability to travel

  • The appointed person(s) must be reliable, organised and able to work self- directed in a busy environment. They must be able to work with school staff and adolescent participants in a respectful and supportive manner. They must be able to provide clear and easy to follow instructions regarding all study procedures to both school staff and participants as required. They must know and complete all study procedures including record keeping and reporting self- directed and in an organized and timely manner.

    In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

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

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Fatima Nasrallah [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Thursday 28 September 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-30433).

    Job details


    Casual Research Assistants - AUS-mTBI


    University of Queensland




    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 28, 2023

    Job type



    Biology,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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