Research Assistant – Expression of Interest

Full time contract based in Darwin, start ASAP until 31 May 2019

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply

Closing date:  13 June 2018

Contact: Anthony Gunther on (08) 8946 8673 or

Description: The Healthy Stores 2020 Study is a randomised controlled trial funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council to evaluate the impact of restricting merchandising of high sugar discretionary products while allowing complementary merchandising of core foods on store sales.

The role of the Research Assistant is to lead the development of the training modules required for effective implementation of the merchandising strategy in the study stores, and the public health nutritionist training program under the supervision of the Project Manager. The Research Assistant will play a key role with regards to data collection. This position will also assist with training staff in administration of the customer intercept survey and ensure data collection protocols are followed. The Research Assistant will support the Project Manager with supervision of casual research assistants employed through the study.

The position will be based in Darwin. Travel to remote communities will be required. This will be usually from one to five days but may be up to 14 days at a time.

To be considered on this position you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Comply with the Multi-Institutional Agreement (MIA) and relevant Codes of conducts and ethical guidelines for research conduct.
  • Develop store staff training modules in partnership with Arnhem Land Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA).
  • Develop and deliver public health nutritionist training program.
  • Support ALPA in the delivery of store staff training, merchandising strategy and merchandising checklist.
  • Assist with recruitment and training of casual assistants for customer intercept survey.
  • Coordinate training for and collection of, store scout data and consumer intercept survey.
  • Coordinate the involvement of government and non-government Public Health nutritionist in the study.

 The successful applicant will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant area (nutrition, public health, health promotion)
  • Demonstrated ability to consult effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including Aboriginal people in remote communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in data collection through use of a survey tool and/or interviews.
  • Demonstrated ability in project implementation within a remote community environment.
  • Demonstrated ability in facilitating training and capacity building activities across a broad range of personnel.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by road (four-wheel drive) and/or light aircraft for up to two weeks at a time.

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Gross salary $66,125 – $72,814 plus superannuation & salary packaging benefits.

For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit or phone (08) 8946 8626. 

Applications should be emailed to and should include the following information:

  • A brief covering letter identifying the position being applied for.
  • Maximum one page statement addressing the selection criteria in the position description.
  • A curriculum vitae (resume).