Research Associate in Child Population Health

Sydney, Australia
16 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Child Population Health – Mixed Methods

Medicine, UNSW

School of Women’s and Children’s Health

Discipline of Paediatrics 

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney, as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The School of Women’s & Children’s Health (SWCH) is comprised of the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Statistics Unit (NPESU). Clinical academics in the School are located at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, St George and Bankstown Hospitals, with teaching contributions made in Paediatrics at the Sutherland, Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals. The main administrative centre for the School is based at the Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

The Population Child Health group is an integrated multidisciplinary translational research team working across the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network with our partners in Local Health Districts, State and Commonwealth governments, to inform service delivery and policy through innovation, collaboration, research, policy development and advocacy.

As part of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) our focus is on translational research that will have a direct impact on the everyday lives of children, especially children and young people whose voices often go unheard, such as those from Aboriginal, refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those living in socioeconomic disadvantage or out of home care.

About the role

  • $85K – $98K plus 17% superannuation
  • Fixed term for two years, with a potential for extension, subject to performance in the role and funding outcomes
  • Full-time

The Research Associate will work within the new Population Child Health group, support research service and develop novel research by increasing quality publication output and grant income with the ultimate aim of improving the health, wellbeing and development of children and young people locally, nationally and internationally. The post will be based within our UNSW Kensington campus. The post holder will work with the research group within our three research themes: health services research, best start in life and kids that are doing it tough.

The post holder will work with collaborators within UNSW and with colleagues in Melbourne MCRI and the University of Sydney, Population Child health Group. With support they will be carrying of a mixed methods evaluation of the NSW pilot roll out of the Child Digital Health Record in Western Sydney and Western NSW. As such the post holder must have access to their own transport and have flexibility in terms of travel.

The successful applicant will have formal qualifications and hands on experience of both quantitative and qualitative methods as related to health care. Previous experience in working with large administrative data sets will be highly desirable. This role presents an opportunity to contribute to high calibre research and to further develop the successful appointee’s research profile. The role would suit an individual with an interest in health services and population health research and an enthusiasm to grow their own research portfolio.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Higher degree in Research (Masters, PhD or MD), and an appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training and/or professional accreditation.
  • Previous experience of working with children, young people and families is highly regarded
  • Competency in qualitative research methods and understanding of statistical analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience in carrying out systematic reviews

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application. To apply, please submit your application, summary of research accomplishments and contact information for two references. 

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.


Professor Raghu Lingam


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