21 Oct 2021

Fixed-term Research Assistant

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

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Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 45,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our mission and values place strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking part time Research Assistant to assist with research in the fields of teamwork and communication among healthcare staff, simulation, patient safety and quality improvement. This is a fixed term, part time (0.5 FTE) position with an end date of the 31st December 2022.

You will be specifically involved in the following research projects:

  • Improving patient safety by resolving latent safety threats identified through in-situ simulation: a multi-centre mixed methods study.
  • What have we learnt from Covid-19 at the frontline of healthcare? A multicentre qualitative interview study.
  • Speaking up in healthcare settings – testing a model to improve the climate for speaking up.

Key tasks will include assisting with literature searches, data collection including interviews and survey administration, coding interview transcripts, grant reports, ethics applications and record keeping. You will spit your time between four key areas of focus as outlined below.

Research design and collection

  • Assist with literature searches in particular, the literature on health system responses to pandemics and other threats
  • Assist with data collection including interviews and survey administration

Data Analysis

  • Assist with coding interview transcripts
  • Assist with the analysis of survey data

Grant and Ethics applications and administration

  • Assist with writing grant reports, locality approvals and ethics amendments


  • Contribute to the preparation of papers for the scientific literature and/or reports for wider dissemination

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

We are an active academic Centre within the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland. Our projects and research interests are varied and include human factors, patient safety and simulation, with a focus on perioperative acute care teams, and assessment of performance in the clinical workplace. We value high quality research outputs, active engagement with our affiliated university and hospital departments, with the ultimate goal of contributing to improved patient care

You can find out more about us via our website which is available here

He kōrero mōu | About you

We are seeking someone who is looking to start their academic and/or research career in a crucial and interesting area of study.

To be considered for this role you will need a Bachelors/Honours Degree in a relevant field (e.g. health, health services research, psychology or education). We would prefer you to also have a Master’s degree or for you to be enrolled in Master’s degree / PhD.

Essential experience:

  • Previous research experience in psychology, health sciences or education
  • Experience conducting literature searches.

Preferred experience:

  • Experience conducting interviews or surveys
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis

Skills and knowledge    

  • Excellent academic writing and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
  • Attention to detail and time management skills
  • Knowledge of commonly used software including Excel, NVivo & Endnote

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Wednesday, 10th November 2021 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Neil Constable via neil.constable@auckland.ac.nz for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to equity.auckland.ac.nz.


How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Wednesday, 10th November 2021

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Fixed-term.

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