Research Officer

Research Officer

Application closing date: 
Wed, 30/09/2020 - 5:00pm

A unique and exciting opportunity exists for a Research Officer to join the Pasricha Laboratory in the Population Health and Immunity Division.

About the position

The Pasricha laboratory is presently leading among the largest global health trials programmes in Australia, with over 7000 participants currently or planned to be recruited across 5 trials in Bangladesh and Malawi. The main focus of the work is on anaemia, iron and nutrition in infancy and pregnancy.

The Group have been funded to undertake a large randomised controlled trial of iron interventions in pregnancy in rural Bangladesh. This trial will be in partnership with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). The project will test novel approaches to improving anaemia in pregnancy. In addition, the project will involve a large demonstration programme of anaemia prevention in pregnancy.

The Pasricha laboratory also conducts basic and translational science, and the fellow will have the opportunity to learn about and collaborate in these experimental biology projects.

We are seeking a Research Officer in Global Health trials to join the group and lead the delivery of this project. The successful applicant will be responsible for the preparation, planning, management and scientific oversight of this project. The applicant will be required to prepare study documentation, and manage ethics and regulatory approvals. They will have an opportunity to build in substudies to answer their own basic, translational or epidemiologic questions alongside the main programme. The role will involve close partnership with the scientists at icddr,b, the trial statisticians in Australia, and if possible (based on travel regulations), regular travel to the field site.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD or equivalent
  • Experience in obstetric or pregnancy-related research, global health research, and/ or clinical trials.
  • Current holder of, or ability to obtain, training in Good Clinical Practice
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and transcultural skills
  • Ability to work independently, and to creatively solve challenging problems.
  • Research experience that has generated high quality publications or reports.
  • High quality writing skills to prepare research related documentation (e.g. trial protocols, reports, publications and grants).

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 2 years (in the first instance) in a full time capacity. Salary is Salary is Academic A6 - A8 ($90,053 - $96,661). Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

General enquiries can be directed to A/Prof Sant-Rayn Pasricha –

A position description is available.

How to apply

Please email your application including cover letter, CV and a letter addressing the key selection criteria in pdf format to, quoting reference WEHI/DARO090920 in the subject line.

Application closing date:  30 September 2020

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