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Research Assistant

Apply now Job no: 504426
Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Research Assistant

Macquarie is a university 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: one unbound by ivory towers and sandstone walls. Rather, we are focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society, encouraging all to traverse the boundaries of their own perspective and affect change.

Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. A place of constant stimulus and human interaction.

Together, we advance world-class theoretical thinking and translate it into real-world solutions. We’re connecting people across the most diverse fields of knowledge to create bold new possibilities: for their careers, intellectual endeavours, enterprises and the common good.

At Macquarie, people become skilled at switching between specialist and generalist mindsets; mastering complexity, thinking holistically and helping to create a better future.

Connect with us today.

In Macquarie’s newly established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences you’ll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

The Role:
We are seeking a Research Assistant to lead the Sydney site of a randomised controlled trial investigating a novel intervention (Individualised movement rehabilitation and movement sensor biofeedback) for people with disabling low back pain. The trial is funded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and is a collaboration between Macquarie University and Curtin University.

The successful candidate will work closely with some of the worlds leading back pain researchers and key duties of the role will include:

  • Liaising with referring practitioners (GPs and physiotherapists)
  • Screening and enrolling participants
  • Supporting the treating clinicians (physiotherapists)
  • Ensuring follow up assessments are completed

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills who can work independently but who is also a good team member.

Please note small amount of outside normal hours work, and travel may be required. A relevant health background is desirable but not essential.    

For further information regarding this role, please click here to view the position description

Selection criteria

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below in a separate document and upload the document as part of the application process.


  • Tertiary qualifications (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) or relevant work experience in a health related discipline
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated ability to work with a range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience in a clinical research environment
  • Demonstrated experience with data management
  • Strong computing skills including word processing and Excel


  • Strong clinical research experience including recruiting patients, applying for ethics, coordinating a clinical trial and performing patient follow ups
  • Experience with research publications or presentations
  • Experience as an allied health professional

Note: This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with MQ Health requirements.

Salary Package:  From $70,699 to $80,381 p.a. (HEW Level 5), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. 

Appointment Type: Full time, 2 year fixed term position.

Specific role enquiries: Associate Professor Mark Hancock at

General Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic at

Applications Close: 11:55pm on Monday, 20 August 2018

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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