Research Assistant - Food Policy
Casual, part time (0.4 FTE) opportunity
Flexible working arrangements available
Respected global research organisation
Make an impact on global health outcomes
The George Institute (‘TGI’) is 700+ people around the world, all focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to:
- Find better treatments for the world’s biggest health problems
- Transform primary health care to support better health for more people
- Harness the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health
Our innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact.
The Food Policy team primarily focuses its research in addressing food and nutrition issues. Salt has been a particular focus, with the Institute hosting both a Centre for Research Excellence in Salt Reduction and a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in salt reduction. Our work involves both qualitative and quantitative research, including the utilization of large databases describing the changing composition of foods in Australia and other countries around the world, as well as working closely with policy makers and commercial organizations to develop and evaluate programs that will led to real changes to the food environment.
The aim of the Food Policy team is to generate high-quality evidence regarding the prevention of diet related ill health and to see this translated into policies and practices.
We now have an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join the team, supporting the nutrition component of the Food Farmacy trial through providing nutrition advice and support to participants as well as being responsible for the administrative responsibilities associated with the trial.
Key responsibilities of the role will include:
- Provide dietary advice to study participants
- Undertake 24-hour diet recalls to assess dietary intakes of participants
- Provide administrative and technical support to study team
- Communicate with study sites and respond to queries
- Assist with study tracking and documentation
- Assist in the distribution of study documents to investigators
- Assist with the preparation of study-related presentation materials
- Data entry, ensuring data quality, accuracy, completeness and timeliness of data completion
- Preparing paperwork required by the study and any study materials
- Assist in managing effective communication with the key stakeholders (participants, clinicians and investigators)
- Assist with the preparation of reports and publications about the study as required
- Ad hoc project work as required
Desired Skills and Experience
- Bachelor of Science or Masters (or equivalent) in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Member of Dietitians Australia with Provisional or Full APD (Accredited Practising Dietitian) status
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence in dietetic practic
- Excellent written language communication skills and ability to draft a wide range of documents
- Excellent organisational skills, having the ability to organise, take initiative and follow up independentl
- Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and the Internet
- Ability to work well within a research team and excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong focus on quality of work
For more information, please see the Position description here.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 30th May 2021. We do however, reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.
We offer a flexible and inclusive work culture with excellent staff benefits including salary packaging arrangements and sound learning opportunities.