Exercise Physiologist

Macquarie University
June 25, 2024
Offerd Salary:$80,753 - $91,815
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
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Seeking an Exercise Physiologist to work with research staff and clinical trial participants to complete clinical research study activities on dementia risk reduction


  • Salary Package: From $80,753 - $91,815 (HEW Level 5) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

  • Appointment Type: 0.6 FTE fixed-term position for 1 year with prospects of continuation

  • Macquarie University (Wallumattagal Campus, North Ryde)

  • The Role

    Macquarie University is seeking an exercise physiologist to join a team working on a lifestyle-based clinical trial. The evidence-based trial promotes lifestyle changes with the aim of slowing or preventing cognitive decline and dementia conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, in a population of people considered at high risk of cognitive decline.

    Under supervision from the principal researcher, the key accountabilities of the role will be to:

  • Implement the physical activity intervention arm of the AU-ARROW study, following the AU-ARROW protocol as well as the Lead AU-ARROW Exercise Physiologist's guidelines, and in collaboration with another exercise physiologist.

  • Develop safe and effective exercise plans and recommend gym exercise/fitness sessions, taking into consideration the study goals of regular aerobic and resistance exercise, participant medical history and current health status, screening and assessment information and other influencing factors.

  • Introduce study participants (aged 55-79) to gym equipment and explain how to the equipment properly, at the various gyms that are involved in the study. This involves one gym visit per day.

  • Using pre-prepared study resources to deliver presentations to study participants in group meetings of up to 10 people to promote physical activity, provide education on healthier lifestyles and injury prevention, and to provide encouragement and support.

  • Complete basic physical assessments of study participants, if needed.

  • Together with AU-ARROW study research assistants, undertake administration tasks and data entry as required of a research study, including data entry into study-related logs and online case report forms, follow-up of gym attendance and assistance with fitness tracking devices/apps while maintaining confidentiality and sensitivity towards participant data.

  • Ensure all activities are conducted in line with AU-ARROW policies, protocol and standard operating procedures and Australian guidelines for good research conduct.

  • Comply with University research and ethics protocols and legislative requirements related to data collection and storage.

  • Assist with the preparation of research data for presentation and publication.

  • Comply with relevant EEO and WHS regulations.

  • About You

    You will be an enthusiastic, adaptable and competent individual who will work under the direction of the Lead Exercise Physiologist of the project and in collaboration with the other exercise physiologist on the project. You will be able to show initiative and anticipate requirements, ensuring that deadlines and objectives are met. You will be capable of independent work, have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and pay attention to detail. Previous clinical trial experience not essential, but would be an advantage.

    About Us

    The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences has active research programs in biomedical, translational and health services domains, with current areas of strength including neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation, and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. The Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health, and patient safety. In learning and teaching, the Faculty offers a unique suite of capability-based medical educational programs aimed a post-graduation subspecialty medical education and training, and a unique three-year extended masters-level, professional-entry Doctor of Physiotherapy degree.

    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. Over the years, we've grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

    To Apply

    To be considered for this position, please apply online and attach your resume and a separate 1 to 2-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria:

    Essential Criteria:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g., Exercise and Sport Science) and accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

  • Experience in the development of exercise plans and the implementation of evidence-based clinical interventions for clients in an older population.

  • Ability to organise and present information and concepts in a concise, understandable and interesting format to a variety of people.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with others to accomplish joint tasks and common objectives while showing respect for others' views and opinions.

  • Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of ICH-GCP guidelines or willing to complete training (2-3 hour online course).

  • Willing to travel to gyms (total 7 gyms in Sydney Metropolitan area, mostly Northern side)

  • Desirable Criteria:

  • Computer skills in web-based research platforms, such as REDCap.

  • Experience in conducting physical assessments.

  • Proficiency in using fitness trackers and apps (Fitbit) and troubleshooting issues.

  • Experience in managing and safeguarding confidential participant information.

  • Please note: Applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

    This position requires national police clearance and pre-employment immunisation clearance checks.

    Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Stephanie Fuller, Macquarie Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at stephanie.fuller @mq.edu.au

    General Enquiries: Nithya Elango, HR Assistant at [email protected]

    Applications Close: Tuesday, 25 June 2024 at 11:59 PM AEST

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    25/06/2024 11:59 PM

    Diversity and Inclusion

    Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

    We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

    Flexible Work

    At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in flexible work to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace. To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub.

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