First listed on: 09 October 2017

Research Assistant

Faculty of Pharmacy
Reference no. 2007/0917 

  • Provide valued support to research activities in pharmacy
  • Located at the Charles Perkins Centre
  • Part-time (28 hours/week) fixed term contract for 2 years. Base salary: $71K pro rata excluding annual leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney is recognised as one of the leading centres for pharmacy education in Australia. It enjoys an outstanding national and international reputation for research and innovation and undertakes collaborative research with other faculties of the University, with teaching hospitals, with research institutes, with the pharmaceutical industry, and with the profession.  Research in the Faculty covers a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences ranging from the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of action of drugs, through studies on methods of drug delivery and on the fate of drugs in humans and animals, to research on the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy. The Charles Perkins Centre, where this position is located, is a multi-disciplinary research centre, established in 2012, that aims to ease the burden of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, and their related conditions, through innovative research collaborations, research partnerships and teaching.

This Research Assistant position is part of an international NHMRC-funded research project comparing regulatory safety advisories on medicines in Australia, Canada, the European Union and the United States.  Reporting to Dr. Barbara Mintzes, you will provide technical and operational support to the Chief Investigator and the team to support the research activity for the work area. This includes preparing relevant materials in collaboration with team members, performing fundamental aspects of research work, including data coding and analysis, ethics assistance with a qualitative interview study, as well as providing essential technical and operational support for all project components. As the successful candidate, you will be expected to coordinate the activities associated with research projects, and work towards ensuring that study protocols are followed precisely, and studies are prepared for and run smoothly. When working within a research team, this may also include responsibility for any associated work carried out by students, for example providing teaching support (in terms of demonstrations in tutorials/practicals) and assisting with technical preparation for software and data analysis, and data storage.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Assistant who has:

  • completed tertiary qualifications in appropriate discipline and/or relevant experience in related field. May have (or be working towards) postgraduate qualifications
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • strong problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • experience in carrying out scientific literary searches, and preparing literary reviews for further analysis
  • advanced skills data analysis, using statistical analysis tools, and reporting on research findings
  • a working understanding of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment
  • experience in a research-intensive environment or interest in teaching and working in academia.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Closing date: 11:30pm 25 October 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


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