Dr Rebecca Cook

Senior Research Support Officer

Research Development and Support

place Health Sciences (6E111.1)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

The position requires strategic and operational managerial skills, judgement and analytical ability on a variety of complex and broad issues, with particular emphasis on grant development processes. I work under broad direction with a considerable degree of autonomy.

I work within the College of Medicine and Public Health (CMPH) and Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) to provide key research development services and provide support relating to the planning, development, and project management of FHMRIs research activities to enhance capabilities and reputation in research. I support a broad range of internal and external funding opportunities to promote and build the reputation of the University and assist in the generation of new prospects. I coordinate grant development from funding sources such as the NHMRC, MRFF, ARC, Viertel, NBCF, to name a few, incorporating in depth editorial assistance.

I participate in strategic planning sessions and assist in the strategic direction of CMPH and FHMRI providing representation in meetings to develop partnerships and improve collaborations.

I provide research support to our researchers, clinicians and affiliates by:

  1. identifying research opportunities and facilitating the involvement of College and University staff in grants, proposals and new opportunities
  2. linking staff with external collaborators to provide opportunities for collaborative research.
  3. coordinating research and community engagement functions including: monitoring quality assurance of research data; providing advice regarding policies and procedures; and providing assistance to clinical and research staff with the preparation and reviewing of research applications.
Qualifications
  • 1996 - Bachelor of Science - Flinders University of South Australia
  • 1999 - BSc Honours - Flinders University of South Australia
  • 2003 - PhD - Flinders University of South Australia
Honours, awards and grants
  • Awarded the European Bioenergetics Conference Travel Scholarship for attendance at the 10th EBEC, Gothenberg, Sweden, 1998. This was a competitive travel scholarship with only 12 awarded at a meeting attended by 600 international delegates.
Key responsibilities

Under broad direction, I provide developmental support for researchers by,

  • working closely with the Vice President and Executive Dean for the College of Medicine and Public Health (CMPH);
  • working closely wiht the Deputy Directors of the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI);
  • maintaining a broad understanding of the health and medical research environment in South Australia and Nationally;
  • assisting with preparation of research grants including provision of advice relating to research funding guidelines and budgets in addition to lodgement of full grant applications for final submission;
  • providing access and advice relating to university research policy and procedures;
  • providing high-level administration support and advice to ensure CMPH and FHMRI meet the requirements of the Federal Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative by:
    • coordinating and facilitating preparation including representation on committees and working parties; and
    • developing and overseeing data management.
  • participating in strategic planning sessions and assisting with implementation of the strategic direction of CMPH and FHMRI;
  • investigating strategic funding opportunities and providing representation in meetings to develop partnerships and improving collaborations;
  • developing and implementing communication to promote research uplift at both the College and Institute level and more broadly across the University.
Teaching interests
  • solid lecturing experience gained during my work as an Affiliate Lecturer at the School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide as well as various guest lectures in cell physiology, molecular biology and botany at Flinders University & The University of Adelaide;
  • proven experience conducting problem based learning tutorials.
Further information

Previous Employment

  • Scientific Coordinator: 2014 – 2016 Division of Stem Cells and Cancer, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
  • Research Applications Officer: 2013 – 2014 Research and Innovation Services, University of South Australia
  • Research Officer: 2011 - 2012 School of Translational Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide
  • Senior Research Officer: 2002 - 2010 (left laboratory research) Rheumatology Unit, Dept of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Royal Adelaide Hospital

I have enjoyed working within various teams for many years, first entering biomedical research after completion of my PhD. Since that time I have obtained strong skills in supporting the effective use of resources by proactively evaluating situations and streamlining where possible. I am an effective decision maker, with the ability to gather, analyse and summarise information.

I have developed high levels of communication skills through the completion of Honours and a PhD and have further developed these skills by presenting data at meetings and in publications. As a research officer I directed and supported other staff members including clinicians, post-doctoral researchers, research assistants and PhD students.

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