Research Assistant Health4Life Initiative

Job Type:Full Time

  • Exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to assist in the evaluation of the Health4Life Initiative
  • Located at The Matlida Centre, Darlington Campus
  • Fixed Term, full-time for 12 months with possibility of extension until December 2022 and base salary $74K p.a plus generous contribution to 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 bright and enthusiastic Research Assistant to join the Health4Life Initiative research group based at the Matilda Centre, Darlington Campus.

You will be required to assist in the evaluation of the Health4Life Initiative at The Matilda Centre, an online school-based program and smartphone application to address key risk factors for chronic disease (alcohol use, smoking, physical inactivity, sleep, recreational screen time and poor diet) for secondary school students.

Under the direction of Dr Katrina Champion some of your responsibilities will be:

  • Assisting in conducting fieldwork in NSW schools for a large cluster randomised controlled trial
  • Data entry, database management, and data analysis
  • Assist with preparation of ethics amendments and ensuring the study protocol and clinical trial registry are kept up to date
  • Liaise and work in partnership with web developers to update the study website and
  • Contributes to the dissemination of study findings through reports, conference presentations and peer-reviewed.

More about the Health4Life Initiative can be read here

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 vibrant Research Assistant who has the below qualifications and experience:

  • honours degree in psychology, public health, education, exercise physiology, health science, nutrition, behavioural or social sciences
  • previous experience conducting research in a related area, preferably with young people
  • demonstrated experience in collection, analysis and reporting of research data
  • strong computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and research databases (e.g. SPSS)
  • current NSW driver’s licence and willingness to travel independently across the greater Sydney metropolitan region

The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills to liaise with participants, internal and external stakeholders. Excellent personal organisational and time-management skills including the demonstrated ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines with ability to work independently and as part of a team.

About us

More about the Matilda Centre can be found here

Established at the University of Sydney in 2018, The Matilda Centre will provide a world-first synergy of leading prevention, early intervention and treatment research and translation programs in substance use and mental disorders. The Matilda Centre brings together researchers currently working across disorder silos (substance use, mental health, suicide, exercise physiology, dietetics, chronic disease) to share skills, synergise data, and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention, early intervention and treatment programs for substance use and mental disorders.

The Matilda Centre houses several NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence and state, national and international programs in mental health and substance use research. The Matilda Centre develops and maintains partnerships and collaborations with government, philanthropy, local health districts and other agencies to drive world-class innovative research and translate evidence into public health policy and practice.

The Centre has over 55 academic and professional staff and over 50 ongoing projects and a strong growth trajectory.

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.

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 1396/0719F 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.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 5 August 2019

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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