First listed on: 08 July 2019

Research Officer

  • Motivated and enthusiastic Research Officer to join the CHALLENGE team (The Colon Health And Long Life Exercise change study) part of CeMPED
  • Located at Lifehouse, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed Term, full - time for 1 year with possibility of extension until 2023, base salary $84K p.a plus superannuation


About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Officer to coordinate the Australasian participation in a multi-national clinical trial investigating the impact of physical activity on cancer. This role is based in the Concord Clinical School as a component of the Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), at the Camperdown Campus.

This challenging and rewarding role will involve project coordination and administrative support to the project leader, relationship management with participating sites, direct patient contact, recruitment, follow-up, and assistance with: the development of study materials, submission of ethics applications and maintenance of project files, records and databases. Due to the nature of this work, attention to detail and high-level organisational skills are essential.

This role requires a confident communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills, who will liaise with researchers, health professionals, collaborating stakeholders as well as cancer patients. The successful candidate will need to be able to interact with a diverse range of people and work well both autonomously and as part of a team.

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 Officer who possesses the below qualifications and experience:

  • a degree in Psychology, Nursing, Health Sciences, or equivalent would be highly regarded
  • experience in conducting clinical research projects
  • experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols and ethics submissions
  • knowledge of, or experience in, psycho-oncology or neuropsychological research or facilitating support groups or rehabilitation groups will be highly advantageous.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills to be able to liaise confidently with researchers, health professionals, collaborating professionals as well as cancer patients, confident problem-solving skills, with the ability to exercise initiative and sound judgement. Alongside this strong organisational and prioritisation skills are a must. You will also have working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of Work Health and Safety policy and relevant legislation.

About us

Currently employing over 30 staff, CeMPED’s mission is to support excellent research across the interface of Psychology, Medicine and Public Health to answer questions about: the behavioural factors which promote good health and prevent disease; ways to enhance the psychosocial adjustment of patients and carers; ways to increase use of evidence in health care decision making; and ways to support patients to be more involved in their own health care. CeMPED’s research strengths lie in three themes: doctor-patient communication; evidence-based, shared decision making; and Psycho-Oncology. With particular expertise in cancer care, CeMPED’s members have over 30 years of experience in this field.

More about the Centre can be read here

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 1255/0619F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Closing date: 10 days

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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