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Research Officer/Fellow

Posted date: 17 / 11 / 2023

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI638
  • Employment type PTC - Part-time Contract
  • Location Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Applications close Monday, 11 Dec 2023
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Part-Time (0.6-0.8 FTE), 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

SAHMRI Is located on the lands of Kaurna people who are the traditional custodians of Adelaide and the greater Adelaide region. SAHMRI works with traditional custodians across South Australia, Australia and globally. This role is required to collaborate with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the lands of all traditional custodians across South Australia and potentially globally.

Aboriginal Communities and Families Health Research Alliance (ACRA), focuses on research and its translation with Aboriginal communities. The ACRA team work alongside SAHMRI Women and Kids theme and are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women, children and families, particularly those most at risk of poor health outcomes.

Specifically, this position will provide high level research support to disseminate findings of completed research projects, assist in grant writing, editing and submissions. Under the direction of the ACRA Senior Research lead, the Research Officer / Research Fellow will support rigorous research to a high standard.

Join SAHMRI to deliver on the important and rewarding research that ACRA is doing with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in South Australia, and across the Nation.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Communicate research findings and assist with the development and implementation of knowledge translation activities, within high impact peer reviewed journals, at conferences and within committees and other bodies relevant to the role.
  • Assist in the production of high-quality research documentation, abstracts, and manuscripts for publication.
  • Contribute to the development of competitive grant applications for related work.
  • Prepare dissemination of research outputs and outcomes.
  • Promote integrity and support a culture of excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.
  • Assist with qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Participate in ACRA special projects to continuously improve processes, tools, systems, and organisation.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • An honours, or post-graduate degree in Psychology, Public Health, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, or a related discipline as well as demonstrated experience contributing to research projects. For a Research Fellow position, a PhD is required.
  • A strong academic writing ability.
  • Ability to assist in the production of high-quality research documentation, abstracts, and manuscripts for publications.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research is desirable.
  • Experience in data analysis is desirable.
  • Experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health / Health research, specifically maternal and child health is desirable.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of competitive grant applications for related work.
  • Reliable, flexible, and positive work attitude.
  • Support SAHMRI Commitment to reconciliation and acknowledge the importance of working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Special Requirements

  • Some out of hours’ work may be required.
  • DCSI Employment Screening Working With Children Check is required.
  • Primarily located at SAHMRI Women and Kids.
  • All employees are required to be immunised in accordance with the requirements of the Hospital in which they are working or be willing to be vaccinated at the cost of the Institute.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of Excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. This reduces your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax and take home more of what you earn. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.

For a copy of the position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Beth Kean at

Applications close:  Monday 11th December 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Monday, 11 Dec 2023


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