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Implementation Scientist (MRFF Clinical Trials)



Implementation Scientist (MRFF Clinical Trials)

Job no: 0062308 Location: Heidelberg Role type: Part-time (0.6 FTE) / Fixed-term for 2 years Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Department/School: Physiotherapy (Austin Health) Salary: Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Drive mixed methods process evaluations for clinical trials on neuromuscular diseases
  • Opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research aiming to investigate sleep and breathing dysfunction.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!
  • About the Role Located at Austin Health in Heidelberg, the research team led by Professor David Berlowitz focuses on investigating sleep and breathing dysfunction in neuromuscular diseases, particularly spinal cord injury and motor neuron disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

    Our research team has recently secured Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funding for several multi-centre clinical trials investigating novel treatments and alternative care models aiming to improve health outcomes for people with neuromuscular diseases.

    Under the supervision of Lead Implementation Scientist, Dr Marnie Graco and project and laboratory leader Professor David Berlowitz, you will drive the execution of these mixed methods process evaluations alongside the main clinical trials.

    Additionally, you will assist with protocol development, ethics applications, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data, preparation of publications, and presentations for scientific meetings.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Execute the mixed methods process evaluations of the MRFF funded clinical trials and other research projects as required.
  • Build an understanding of the key barriers to evidence-based management of sleep and breathing disorders in neuromuscular disease and develop strategies to optimise clinical care and outcomes.
  • Develop or maintain an independent research profile, including publications, presentations, and research grant funding applications, that supports and complements the local research team.
  • Who We Are Looking For An agile, independent, and team-focused individual with strong analytical skills and a keen focus on outcomes. Strong communication skills, essential for working with a diverse range of stakeholders, as well as demonstrating enthusiasm, motivation, and exceptional teamwork abilities to contribute effectively to an exciting research program.

    You will also have:

  • Bachelor's degree in allied health, nursing, science or similar, with post-graduate implementation science research experience.
  • Completion of a PhD or equivalent qualification.
  • Experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Demonstrated ability to theorise intervention outcomes e.g. identify causal mechanisms of behaviour change.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate does not have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

    Your New Team – The Department of Physiotherapy The Department ofPhysiotherapy was established in 1991 and makes distinctive contributions nationally and internationally to the physiotherapy profession and society in research, learning & teaching and knowledge exchange. In 2009 it became a department within the Melbourne School of Health Science.

    Further information about Physiotherapy is available at: https:// www.

    What We Offer You!

    In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

    About the University of Melbourne

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    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

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    Join Us!

    If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)
  • ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any questions regarding the job, please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Advertised: 02 May 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 23 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Implementation Scientist (MRFF Clinical Trials)


    University of Melbourne




    May 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 23, 2024

    Job type



    Medicine,Social Science

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