Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences

North Ryde, Ausralia
Monday, 5 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


  • Salary Package: From $95,706 to $102,570 (Level A step 6-8) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Full-time, Fixed term for 2 years
  • Location: Macquarie University (North Ryde)


We are seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to lead a project focusing on understanding the prevalence of hearing and vision impairment and care practices in relation to hearing/vision impairment for people in aged care settings in Australia. The project involves developing and coordinating a national survey of aged care staff with respect to identification and management of hearing impairment, evaluating the reliability of routine aged care assessment tools with respect to identification of hearing/vision impairment, modelling relationships between hearing/vision impairment and quality of life, care needs, functional ability, health service use and mental well-being using routine data, and working with consumer and community groups to understand the perspective of aged care staff, residents and friends/family members with respect to support for hearing/vision needs. The successful candidate will work closely with and directly report to Associate Professor Piers Dawes.

About You

You will have completed a PhD in psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, optometry, health sciences, public health or a related discipline. You will be an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. You will also have strong research skills and a capacity to coordinate complex projects, as well as a track record of publication in refereed scholarly journals or other demonstrated scholarly activities relative to experience and opportunity. Experience in aged care and/or aged care research is desirable.

About Us

Macquarie University Hearing is visionary, engaged and dedicated, and through the Macquarie University Hearing Strategy 2030 is seeking to transform hearing health. We aspire to pioneer innovative solutions, conduct world leading research, deliver excellence in education, and embody best practice. Adopting a university-wide approach, and working with our partners, we believe in creating opportunities for all members of our community to contribute towards advancing the hearing agenda.

Macquarie University's Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences builds on our aspiration to have the nation's first fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre under a university's leadership. It brings together the excellent work of medical and allied-health clinicians and researchers across the University and around the country, with unparalleled access to the world-leading clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus.

Macquarie is a university engaged with complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate (2-page) letter that demonstrates how you meet the selection criteria below.


  • A PhD in psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, optometry, health sciences, public health or a related discipline
  • Proven experience in co-ordinating and contributing to research projects
  • Ability to work independently and to use initiative in the planning of research
  • A record of contributions to peer reviewed publications and history of research excellence, relative to experience and opportunity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and numeric analysis
  • Proficient use and knowledge of statistical platforms e.g: SPSS, R, Excel, STATA.


  • Knowledge and experience of aged care services and/or aged care research
  • Experience conducting surveys
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis techniques
  • Knowledge and experience of consumer and community engagement
  • Experience working with older adults in research settings

Specific Role Enquiries: Associate Professor Piers Dawes, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences at

General Enquiries: Rohana Nagarajah, HR Administrator at

Applications Close: Sunday, 2 May 2021 at 11:59pm (AEST)

Given current Australian Government COVID-19 border restrictions applications for this position are only being accepted from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

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