Become a research assistant

Research assistant talent pool | Research assistant duties | How to get involved

Sydney Nursing School has a vision to create and sustain a vibrant environment of engaged enquiry of the highest quality and impact; one which emphasises the indivisibility of nursing and midwifery research, education, practice and policy. To support the achievement of its vision, the School has developed a Strategic Framework for Research outlining key initiatives to be achieved across five main clinical areas. This framework aims to guide Sydney Nursing School in its research focus, to deliver research of the highest quality and impact and evidence-based teaching outcomes that meet the challenges facing health care.

Achieving this vision is directly determined by the number of academic staff members who successfully engage in effective research.


When completing research, academic staff often require the support of research assistants to undertake key research project duties. It is for this reason Sydney Nursing School maintains a talent pool of research assistants who are available, skilled and experienced in research support to assist investigators with their innovative research. The talent pool facilitates professional development, knowledge exchange and build capability, as well as be a valuable talent resource investigators can draw on for research assistants with particular exposure to nursing research related projects.


Under the University’s Enterprise Agreement 2009–2012 research assistants are classified as general staff members. Depending on the complexity of the project and the skills and experience of the candidate, research assistants will usually be employed at HEO levels 4, 5 or 6.

The types of duties undertaken by a research assistant may include:

  • Recruitment of participants for studies
  • Data collection including qualitative (interviews), quantitative (surveys, questionnaires) or delivering an intervention
  • Drafting reports
  • Analysing data and writing up draft results
  • Ethics applications and reporting
  • Literature searches and reviews
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Assisting with preparation of conference talks/presentations/posters the Chief Investigator or research project team will be attending
  • Status reports to the Chief Investigator or research project team
  • Attending team meetings
  • Assisting with applications for grant funding
  • Other general tasks related to the implementation of the research project


If you are a research assistant interested in registering your details for potential research assistant work, you need to:

  • complete the Research Assistant form, and
  • send your CV to

Please note: Should you be shortlisted for potential work by an academic staff member, you will undergo a competitive recruitment and selection process in line with University policy, including an interview with the chief investigator/and or members of the research project team.

If you are interested in a particular area of nursing research, take a look at our research themes and indicate on your form which area of research you are particularly interested in being involved with, in case this can be accommodated.