FLINDERS UNIVERSITY Research Associate Job

About Flinders

Our bold vision, reflected in our Strategic Plan: Make a Difference: Agenda 2025, is to be internationally recognized as a global research leader, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of the most enterprising graduates from Australia.

To achieve this ambition, we recently made a significant organizational change to a six-college structure with professional staff and service alignment.

We recognize that the key to our success is exceptional people and we are looking for an exceptional individual to join our transformed university team.

Type of employment:
Fixed term (Fixed term)

Position Summary

Fixed term until December 2022 | Part-time at 0.8 FTE

Pay level:
Research Academic Level A

Wage scale:
$78,340 – $94,938 per year (full-time)

Pertaining to:
Associate Professor (or Delegate)
College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Under the general direction, the Research Associate will make an independent contribution to industry-partnered research as a key member of a human performance enhancement project team. The primary objective of the Human Performance Enhancement Project is to test the effectiveness of a multimodal performance enhancement program based on exercise and cognitive techniques. This project includes work on exercise and cognitive methodologies, implementation of high-quality, evidence-based and ethical research practices, and collaboration with research participants and industry partners. .

Under the supervision of the Chief Researcher and with the research team and industry partners, the incumbent will perform research procedures, manage and analyze research data. The incumbent will also work with the Chief Researcher to achieve project milestones, prepare project reporting documentation, and prepare high quality academic presentations and publications.

The research associate may also be called upon to coordinate and/or direct the activities of other staff members or students involved in the research project, according to University policies, practices and standards.

Main responsibilities of the position

The Research Associate will be responsible for:

  • Actively contribute to the research project by collaborating with the project research team to successfully achieve project milestones and key performance indicators.
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of research by proposing new and innovative ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the planning and execution of the design, implementing and analyzing research, and writing progress reports, disseminating findings and results.
  • Assist in coordinating, planning and executing project tasks necessary to collaborate with industry partners.
  • Contribute to ethical, high quality and innovative research, development and evaluation of information through activities such as seeking ethics approval, fellowship, publication in recognized high quality publications (preferably Q1), acquisition of external grants, community outreach activities, and wide dissemination of research results (infographics, easy-to-read reports, social media accounts, etc.).
  • Contribute to establishing and maintaining collaborations within the University, and at the state, national and international levels in order to improve research results, patents and publications.
  • Some after-hours work (including weekends) as well as rural, interstate, and overseas SA travel may be required.
  • Any other responsibilities related to the level of the position assigned by the supervisor and/or the University.

Capabilities of the key position

  • Completion or substantial progress towards a PhD or equivalent research experience in a field related to human performance, including exercise science, human movement science, cognitive science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated research experience in terms of publications in high quality publications and presentations at the national and/or international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative or qualitative research methodology.
  • An understanding of the theoretical basis and contemporary issues of human performance from the perspective of exercise and cognition.
  • Demonstrated experience in research quality methodology to assess and quantify human performance, exercise/fitness capacity and/or cognitive function.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire new knowledge and skills related to exercise testing, physiological measurements, cognitive assessment and processing, and data visualization and analysis.
  • Demonstrated track record of contributing to the achievement of project objectives on time and within budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute data collection, analysis and storage.
  • Demonstrated ability to critically review literature in relevant areas.
  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills and experience in collaborating and engaging with various stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake collaborative research and to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and industry.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in academic and industrial environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in cardiopulmonary exercise testing (desirable).
  • Demonstrated experience implementing EEG research methodologies (desirable).
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of statistical computer languages: eg R, Python (desirable).
  • Knowledge and experience of statistical modeling and/or machine learning techniques: generalized linear mixed modelling, supervised learning, etc. (desirable).

Prescribed Conditions for Employment Flinders University has introduced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which requires all new staff to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical exemptions and limited exemptions. For more information, please see the policy located in the Flinders Policy Library under Health and Safety.

Information for applicants:

You must provide a declaration of aptitude of no more than three pages, addressing the core capabilities of the position, as outlined above. Additionally, you need to upload your resume.

A valid National Police Certificate satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful candidate can commence the position.

We seek to increase diversity to improve equal opportunity for employees, and therefore encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities and/or of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

Please note that late applications and applications sent through agencies will not be accepted.

Closing of applications at 11:59 p.m.:

March 17, 2022