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Position Details
Reference Number 428487
Position Title Research Officer
Employment Status Temporary Part Time (up to 31/01/2019)
Entity The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network
Geographical Location Westmead
Advertised Award/Classification Health Service Manager 1
Salary
Hours per Week 16.00
Number of FTE 0.40
Purpose of Position

Background

  • The incumbent will work as part of a small research team headed by a clinician researcher within a department with an established research track record over many years.
  • The research team’s focus is on the development and utility of novel lung function tests (Multiple breath washout and Forced Oscillation technique) that may improve early detection and subsequent monitoring within important respiratory conditions. These novel tests can be used across all ages, including within the infant and preschool age range. The utility of these novel tests are being explored and testing may be in the hospital setting or in patient homes. The role will involve expertise in the specific novel physiologic procedures multiple breath washout and forced oscillation technique.
  • National and international grant funding has already been secured across a range of projects, which are already underway. This role offers opportunity to develop skills in a variety of lung function techniques under supervision.

 

Role

  • Undertake research activities with limited day-to-day supervision, either independently or as part of a team.
  • Produce and/or contribute high quality data as directed under minimal supervision for conference presentations, manuscripts and funding applications.
  • The incumbent will be expected to help with the supervision or guidance of junior research personnel working within the team across existing projects. The incumbent will be given responsibility for the running of one of these projects.

 

Research activity and directions

  • Identification, pre-screening for eligibility and recruitment of children with and without lung disease for research studies and novel lung function tests ensuring enrolment targets are met
  • Schedule attendance by children for study visits ensuring adherence to study protocols
  • Contribution to the development of new research ideas/proposals collaboration with the Department of Respiratory Medicine research team
  • Undertake research studies according to the approved study protocol, including:
    • Recruit and screen patients
    • Conduct physiological tests, including novel tests such as multiple breath washout and forced oscillation technique, and relevant quality control procedures
    • Enter data, manage databases and spreadsheets
    • Contribute to data analysis to provide summary statistics
    • Expertise and advanced interpretation of data will be developed within this role.
    • Assist in the design of protocols and analyse plans as required for specific studies.

 

Lung function testing

  • In the role the incumbent will be expected to have established experience with a variety of lung function tests in disease groups such as cystic fibrosis.
  • The ability to perform these tests in younger age groups is desirable (e.g. infants or pre-schoolers) but can be developed in the role.

 

Technical skills

  • Become competent in a range of techniques relevant to the broad field of work within the Department of Respiratory Medicine
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to provide back up support for staff and students whose projects involve similar tests
  • Assist with supervision of research assistants working under the same primary supervisor
  • Develop technical expertise within the research group.

 

Administration

  • Participate in administrative duties associated with research, the work of the organisational unit and/or the department or institution. These include:
    • Administrative responsibilities relevant to a research project
    • Ethics applications to the relevant institutions
    • Manage supplies and consumables for projects

Manage project timelines 

Background

·         The incumbent will work as part of a small research team headed by a clinician researcher within a department with an established research track record over many years.

·         The research team’s focus is on the development and utility of novel lung function tests (Multiple breath washout and Forced Oscillation technique) that may improve early detection and subsequent monitoring within important respiratory conditions. These novel tests can be used across all ages, including within the infant and preschool age range. The utility of these novel tests are being explored and testing may be in the hospital setting or in patient homes. The role will involve expertise in the specific novel physiologic procedures multiple breath washout and forced oscillation technique.

·         National and international grant funding has already been secured across a range of projects, which are already underway. This role offers opportunity to develop skills in a variety of lung function techniques under supervision.

 

Role

·         Undertake research activities with limited day-to-day supervision, either independently or as part of a team.

·         Produce and/or contribute high quality data as directed under minimal supervision for conference presentations, manuscripts and funding applications.

·         The incumbent will be expected to help with the supervision or guidance of junior research personnel working within the team across existing projects. The incumbent will be given responsibility for the running of one of these projects.

 

Research activity and directions

·         Identification, pre-screening for eligibility and recruitment of children with and without lung disease for research studies and novel lung function tests ensuring enrolment targets are met

·         Schedule attendance by children for study visits ensuring adherence to study protocols

·         Contribution to the development of new research ideas/proposals collaboration with the Department of Respiratory Medicine research team

·         Undertake research studies according to the approved study protocol, including:

o    Recruit and screen patients

o    Conduct physiological tests, including novel tests such as multiple breath washout and forced oscillation technique, and relevant quality control procedures

o    Enter data, manage databases and spreadsheets

o    Contribute to data analysis to provide summary statistics

o    Expertise and advanced interpretation of data will be developed within this role.

o    Assist in the design of protocols and analyse plans as required for specific studies.

 

Lung function testing

·         In the role the incumbent will be expected to have established experience with a variety of lung function tests in disease groups such as cystic fibrosis.

·         The ability to perform these tests in younger age groups is desirable (e.g. infants or pre-schoolers) but can be developed in the role.

 

Technical skills

·         Become competent in a range of techniques relevant to the broad field of work within the Department of Respiratory Medicine

·         Able to work independently

·         Able to provide back up support for staff and students whose projects involve similar tests

·         Assist with supervision of research assistants working under the same primary supervisor

·         Develop technical expertise within the research group.

 

Administration

·         Participate in administrative duties associated with research, the work of the organisational unit and/or the department or institution. These include:

o    Administrative responsibilities relevant to a research project

o    Ethics applications to the relevant institutions

o    Manage supplies and consumables for projects

 Manage project timelines

 

This position is Temporary Part Time working 16 hours per week and is classified as an Health Service Manager Level 1.

 

SCHN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage all suitably qualified applicants to apply, including Indigenous Australians, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 

 

As this is a “Category A” position, please refer to the Application Guide for vaccination requirements.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. We recognise the value of Aboriginal staff providing health care to Aboriginal children and families that access the services we provide at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Aboriginal job applicants are encouraged to visit the NSW Health Aboriginal Recruitment tool, Stepping Up to assist in preparing your application.

Selection Criteria 1. A relevant doctoral or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution with at least three years full-time equivalent research experience.

2. Experience in the conduct of a research project including protocol, development, application for ethical review, data collection and manuscript submission.

3. Proven experience performing lung function tests in children as part of a research project, including specific experience in performing peripheral airway function tests such as Multiple Breath washout and Forced Oscillation technique

4. Computer literacy – including statistical analysis programs (e.g. SPSS or equivalent), and microsoft word including excel and powerpoint (or equivalents).
This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check
Contact Person Paul Robinson
Contact Number 98453395
Closing Date 25/01/2018
Supporting Documents
Position Description click here to view
Application Guide click here to view