Research Fellow - Rheumatic Fever Research Wellington

Our Department/Project overview

We have a great opportunity to join a successful team working on a funded research project within a university environment. This project aims to improve our understanding of the causes of rheumatic fever (RF) in New Zealand and how to prevent this disease. It will focus on describing the distribution of the causative bacteria, Group A Streptococcus (GAS), which results in sore throats and skin infections, along with investigating the immune response to this infection which may cause RF.

This role is based within the Health, Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU), a multi-disciplinary research group dedicated to providing evidence to support the prevention of infectious diseases and improved environment health within New Zealand. We are part of the University of Otago, Wellington, and maintain links with researchers throughout New Zealand and internationally. The University of Otago is committed to being a good employer and offers a range of employee benefits and a supportive workplace.

The Role

The GAS Infection Study will involve working with the lead study investigator and research team to set up the project, which has already been planned and funded, and managing it through to completion. This process will include working with a laboratory and an organisation that conducts the interviewing work. It will also involve data management, cleaning and analysis. 

Ideally, the study manager will also participate in writing up the research reports and papers from the study.

You will also work with the researchers to manage establishment of the study in Auckland, including:

• finalising the study design;

• liaising with key organisations;

• setting up the study; and

• managing any problems that arise.

You will also assist with other related RF research and dissemination as required.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role you will have:

• a postgraduate qualification in a relevant public health or science discipline (or be working towards one); and

• the ability to work productively in a team research environment.

Ideally, you will have previous experience with conducting or managing research projects and with managing and analysing data.

Further details

This is a part-time (0.5 FTE), fixed term position for two years, position based at the Wellington campus of the University of Otago.

If you have any questions please contact Jasmine Jameson

How to apply

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Applications close on Tuesday, 8 August 2017.