Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Research Officer


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Seeking a Research Officer (RO) to drive research supporting implementation of genomic medicine in primary care


  • Salary Package: From $93,017 - $102676 (HEW 6) plus 17% super & annual leave loading

  • Appointment Type: Two years, full-time fixed term (1.0FTE)

  • Location: Macquarie University (North Ryde); seconded to Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne

  • The Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS) is seeking a Research Officer (RO) with a proven track record in providing a variety of research support. The position will be seconded to the Genomics in Society group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. Therefore, the successful applicant will be required to reside in Melbourne for the duration of the project.

    The RO will support a project implementing reproductive genomic investigations in primary care. The project will involve developing, implementing and evaluating a range of interventions and resources to support primary care practice, and consumer-facing materials in languages other than English.

    This role will focus on the provision of consumer-facing support around reproductive genetic carrier screening. The RO will work with a team of investigators and genetic counsellors to develop, implement, disseminate and evaluate support for consumers who have been offered carrier screening by their doctor. Supports will include a decision-aid and web-based information about carrier screening; materials will be translated into languages other than English. The RO will play a key role in developing these resources, designing evaluation tools and collecting evaluation data as well as contributing to literature reviews, preparation of poster and oral presentations and synthesis of data. The successful applicant will also liaise with a range of academics, researchers and administrative staff across the Institutes as well as with external stakeholders from all areas of the health sector including patient support organisations.

    About You:

  • Have a clear understanding of how to apply various research methods to health research questions.

  • Contribute to the preparation of ethics submissions, peer-reviewed publications, and other research outcomes.

  • Have good communication and time management skills.

  • Work both independently and as part of a team, while being able to meet tight deadlines

  • Ability to adapt workloads, as necessary.

  • About Us

    The Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS) is part of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, and has a successful track record of undertaking research and evaluation projects on health sector issues since 1991. Its core interest is to investigate issues of policy, governance and leadership in the health sector. It is involved in conducting original research into clinical governance issues, providing a scholarly capability by which to evaluate health sector policies, programs and projects, and contributing to undergraduate medical, postgraduate health services management, and public health and doctoral education.

    For more information on the Centre's research, please visit our website on: www.

    Macquarie University is engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we've grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

    The appointee will be seconded to the Genomics in Society research team at MCRI. MCRI is home to significant scientific discoveries. Believing there is an answer, a cure, or a better treatment for every childhood condition — and having a determination to find it. MCRI has a diverse team of world-leading researchers, doctors, engineers, and hardworking professionals in corporate and scientific services from all corners of the world with one shared goal — to transform child health worldwide. MCRI's strength lies in its partnership and co-location with The Royal Children's Hospital and the University of Melbourne — the Melbourne Children's Campus. This rare model amplifies opportunities to quickly translate research into clinical care. At MCRI's subsidiary organisation, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), is a specialist childhood, prenatal and adult genetics service. VCGS provides an integrated genetic consultation, counselling, testing and diagnostic support service to children, adults, families, and prospective parents. Together, we share a powerful vision: re-imagine the future of child health.

    The RO in this role will work within the Genomics in Society team which envisages genomic health care that engages and empowers people, delivered widely equitably, safely and competently. The group brings together researchers with experience in genetic education, ethics, genetic counselling and evaluation applying mixed methods. This unique blend of expertise has led to positioning of this group as among the world leaders in researching the clinical and societal implications of genomics.

    Key accountabilities:

  • Plan and carry out research in the project building upon an understanding of the key areas of genomics & health, implementation science and psychosocial research.

  • Provide general co-ordination of project activities

  • Work with relevant team members to facilitate development of consumer resources

  • Work with team members to develop tools to evaluate the effectiveness of these resources

  • Under supervision, collate and analyse evaluation data

  • Participate in the preparation of manuscripts, funding applications and ethics applications/amendments

  • Disseminate research findings through publications, presentation at conferences and other public forums

  • Attend and contribute actively to team meetings at all levels, including the research and clinical teams.

  • Conduct ethical research at the highest level of integrity and in line with the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research and MCRI policies

  • Follow standard operating procedures, study protocols and study guidelines

  • Understand and follow field work guidelines GCP / ICH

  • Engage in the campus culture including professional development activities and attending internal/external campus conferences and seminars

  • Foster relationships with key internal and external stakeholders

  • To Apply:

    To be considered for this position, applicants will demonstrate the below requirements in a document that specifically addresses each criterion, and also provide a copy of their CV.

    Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Master's degree (or working towards) in public health, health services research, genomics, medical humanities or related discipline.

  • Demonstrated research experience (preferably conducted within a University or Medical Research Institute).

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets, database programs, statistics and word processing

  • Some understanding of qualitative health or mixed methods research.

  • Excellent organisational skills with a demonstrated capacity to meet tight deadlines and manage time effectively.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Desirable Criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals

  • Demonstrated attention to detail and experience in data auditing, quality assurance and control

  • Please note this position is only open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and those currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

    Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Alison Archibald, Genomics in Society MCRI & VGCS, [email protected]

    General Recruitment Enquiries: Nithya Elango, HR Assistant, [email protected]

    Applications Close: Friday 1 December 2023 at 11:59 PM AEDT

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    Applications Close:

    01/12/2023 11:59 PM

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    Research Officer


    Macquarie University




    November 20, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 01, 2023

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    About the employer

    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
    The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

    A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

    Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

    The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

    The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

    To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

    Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

    Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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