Research Assistant

Macquarie University


October 16, 2022



We are seeking talented, enthusiastic research assistants to support the work in the Aged Care Evaluation and Research (ACER) stream within the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research.


  • Salary Package: Research Assistant (HEW Level 5) base salary $76,908 - $87,443 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rata rates apply for part-time appointments.

  • Appointment type: Fixed term (2 years), Full-time (will consider part-time request)

  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

  • The Australian Institute of Health Innovation is wheelchair accessible

  • About the Role

    The role will involve a range of research support and administrative activities, including support in preparation of ethics applications, grant applications, presentations, internal and external meetings and workshops; conducting literature reviews; data collection activities in aged care settings; assisting with manuscript preparation and formatting of manuscripts for submission; preparation of research summaries for the media.

    About You

    We are seeking talented, enthusiastic Research Assistants to support the ACER stream. The successful candidates will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and an interest in, and/or knowledge of health services, aged care, and/or digital health.

    About Us

    The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences is ambitiously pushing the boundaries of progressive thinking and challenging what's possible to solve some of the big issues of our time, both nationally and on a global scale. The Faculty forms part of MQ Health, an integrated academic health sciences enterprise which incorporates Macquarie University Hospital and primary and speciality clinics. We have active research programs in neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health and patient safety.

    The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, one of the core research centres within AIHI has a multi-stream program of research which focuses on investigating the outcomes and safety of health services. The Centre has particular expertise in assessing the impact of information technologies and investigating the role of electronic health records and decision support in supporting improved health care delivery and health outcomes in hospitals, primary care and aged and community care. The Centre's research team is multi- disciplinary and applies a broad range of research techniques, from RCT designs to direct observational studies of clinical work.

    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, applicants must:

  • Respond to the selection criteria below and then upload the response as a separate document during the online application process.

  • Indicate whether they are seeking a full-time (100%) or fractional (%) appointment.

  • Essential criteria :

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., public health, epidemiology, pharmacy, health sciences, clinical science)

  • Demonstrated skills and experience in conducting literature reviews, including the design of appropriate search strategies for interrogating online databases such as PubMed

  • Demonstrable skills in MS Office software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail

  • Excellent oral and written, inter-personal and team communication skills

  • Knowledge of the Australian Health Care System

  • Ability to understand and comply with the statutory privacy and ethical requirements for research and experience in preparing human research ethics applications

  • Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in systematic reviews and meta-analyses

  • Postgraduate qualifications, particularly those with a research focus (e.g., Honours, MRes, MPH) in the area of health

  • Experience in the aged care sector

  • Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation at

    Note: This position requires the completion of a criminal record check.

    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:

    16/10/2022 11:59 PM

    Equity & Diversity Statement

    At Macquarie University, we are committed to providing a working environment where each individual is valued, respected and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure culture, policies and processes are truly inclusive and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTIQA+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares Macquarie University's values of scholarship, empowerment and integrity to apply.

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