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Research Assistant


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


School of Molecular Sciences

  • Two positions available:
    • Full-time, fixed-term until 31 December 2021
    • Part-time (0.5 FTE), fixed-term until 31 December 2021
  • Salary range: Level 4, $67,294 - $71,483 p.a. (pro rata) plus 9.5% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group is a world leader in the field of human lactation, conducting internationally recognised research into the physiology of breastfeeding, the anatomy of the breast and the composition of breastmilk. The group, under the direction of Professor Donna Geddes, aims at understanding the normal function of the lactating breast, thereby enabling study of breastfeeding problems and ultimately how they can be successfully managed. To achieve this, the group encompasses a broad range of expertise, including biologists, biochemists, anatomists, midwifes, lactation consultants and addresses aspects of human lactation using tools ranging from sonography, biochemistry, metabolomics, immunology and microbiology.

About the opportunity

As the appointee you will under general direction, provide support and assistance to researchers undertaking research activities with volunteer participants.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Year 12 or equivalent competency
  • Relevant experience at an appropriate level
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Well-developed organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Competency in a range of computing skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet, social media and email
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality

About you

The successful appointee will have strong communication skills, an outgoing personality and feel comfortable around breastfeeding mothers and their babies, whilst maintaining confidentiality. The role can include reassuring babies whilst the mother participates in a study, experience in handling babies would be beneficial.
Have a drivers licence as there are some home visits required to collect and drop off baby weigh scales and milk samples.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Please see the position description prior to applying: Position Description - Research Assistant.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

Closing date: Sunday 28 February 2021

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.