Research Lead

  • Diabetes support services
  • Permanent Full Time
  • Western city fringe location

Diabetes SA has been delivering services to people with diabetes and their families since 1953. As a not for profit, member-based Association that is largely self-funded, our mission is to educate, advocate, support and fund research that provides better outcomes for people at risk or living with diabetes.

Empowering people to live well with diabetes and raising awareness for those at risk is our vision for all South Australians.

Our aim is to build a team of professionals that allows us to extend the range of services to people with diabetes.

We now seek a Research Lead who will be responsible for the coordination of research activities that informs the development, review, and implementation of programs and services that meets the needs of people living with diabetes or at risk of diabetes.

With a strategic focus on prevention, detection and management of diabetes the Research Lead is responsible for ensuring that all research meets the necessary guidelines and standards particularly as it relates to the role of Chief Investigator.

Essential criteria:

  • A PhD in a health, population health, epidemiology or social science discipline with demonstrated experience in public health research, health services or epidemiology research is required.
  • Proven high level problem solving and organisational skills to manage competing demands and meet project timelines, including the coordination of research activities.
  • Experience in clinical trial design and the implementation of research trials in community settings, in particular randomised controlled trials.
  • Demonstrated experience in using databases, for data management purposes, and data analysis software, (e.g. Excel, SPSS, Stata, NVivo).
  • Advanced skills in biostatistical and epidemiological data analysis together with experience and competence in data analysis using qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and production of project-related documentation, including questionnaires, standard operating procedures, information sheets, and consent forms.
  • High-level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present information effectively and clearly to a wide audience and a variety of stakeholders (e.g. conference presentations), including writing for publication.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively as part of a diverse and multi-disciplinary team as well as work independently.
  • A strong record of peer review publications and conference presentations, commensurate to opportunity.
  • Active researcher or undertaken research in the last 5 years.


  • Experience in the supervision of a research team, with the ability to lead, inspire and develop team members.

What we offer you:

  • Salary packaging of up to $15,900 per year plus up to $2,650 per year for meals and entertainment
  • Professional learning and development opportunities
  • Three extra days of paid annual leave per year for the Christmas and New Year break
  • Complimentary barista coffee at any time
  • Free car parking and easy access to nearby shops, cafes and restaurants

To Apply:

If you are seeking a new challenge in a supportive and motivational environment, please apply via SEEK website by providing a covering application letter, including your responses to the essential criteria and your current resume.

Download: Job and Person Specification

For further enquiries phone Clair Adcock, HR Officer, 8354 5818.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 25 November 2019.

The successful applicants will be required to undergo a National Police Clearance and pre-employment medical. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.