Located at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Heidelberg, the Epilepsy Research Centre undertakes clinical and genetic research into epilepsy. The Research Assistant will be responsible for the recruitment of participants, in-depth phone and face-to-face interviews about individual and family seizure history, family pedigrees and twin studies. Data is collected primarily by questionnaire, and entered into a centralised database, requiring a high degree of accuracy and care in the collation of study data. Other duties include co-ordination of appointments and investigations, liaison with other involved professional bodies, taking blood samples (training provided), transport arrangement of specimens, and applications for medical information. Assistance will also be required with the writing of grants, research reports, and preparation of materials for presentation. With experience, the successful applicant will take a leading role in presenting data for publication or presentation.
A period of appropriate training and supervision will be provided for this position. Once trained the successful applicant is expected to be responsible for the day-to-day independent running of their own projects with minimal supervision, requiring a high degree of responsibility, selfmotivation and organisation. This position is part of a larger, highly cohesive epilepsy research team, and the successful applicant will be expected to be able to function well as a team member. This position would suit an applicant interested in science, medical/nursing or possibly social science research.
This position reports to Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic and Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer.