Research Assistant in Civil Engineering

University of Queensland



About This Opportunity 


For a research project with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, we are investigating the interaction of pedestrians and motor vehicles at slip lanes for left turns at signalised intersections. Under supervision of the Chief Investigator (Professor Mark Hickman), the research assistant would be involved in primary data collection and data analysis to support the research project.


The Casual Research Assistant will provide technical research support and subject matter expertise in support of traffic engineering studies at all stages of the research life-cycle.


Key responsibilities will include: 



  • Coordinate aspects of traffic data collection and data analysis for a research project into left-turn slip lane operations and safety.

  • Assist in the design of research studies, under supervision of senior staff.

  • Apply and/or instruct others on the application of advanced or specialist or technical research skills or processes, including traffic data collection and data analysis.

  • Assist in the conduct of major or complex experiments, tasks or programs in a real-world traffic environment, at specified locations across the Brisbane City Council local government area.

  • Troubleshoot issues with scientific/technical equipment.

  • Undertake maintenance and upkeep of facilities and equipment.

  • Conduct data analysis, to include review of data and video imagery collected on site, to reach engineering conclusions on the operation and safety of these sites.



  • Contribute to the safe and efficient operation of research equipment, infrastructure, methodologies and protocols in field data collection.


Research and administrative support

  • Assist with drafting research documentation, including ethics and funding applications.

  • Undertake literature searches and reviews.

  • Assist with routine team administration.

  • Assist with preparing reports, graphs, figures and presentations on research outcomes at different stages of the research cycle outcomes.

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.


This role is subject to The University’s Code of Conduct.  


About You  


Alongside the completion of coursework in basic probability and statistical analysis, we are seeking candidates who can demonstrate:


  • Familiarity with traffic analysis as obtained through a course in traffic engineering or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Excellent practical research skills and experience in relevant research methodology or techniques required for this body of research.

  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.

  • An ability to work independently on routine procedures.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Well-organised, methodical and self-motivated.

  • Previous experience in a similar role would be considered favourably.


What We Can Offer 


This is a casual position, approximately 18 hours per week expected to complete major project work through to June 2024. 


The rate of pay will be $49.15 per hour, plus 11% Superannuation.


The following flexible employment options may be available for this role:  some working from home; variable start or finish times; flex time. 


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In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:


  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Mark Hickman. For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 


All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:


  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  

  • Resume 


Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 


At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close 28 July 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-28063).