Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance

Sydney, Australia
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Exciting research opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Manage an innovative, evidence-based online Climate Schools Plus prevention program
  • Location - Sydney NSW Australia

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 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) was established at the University of New South Wales by the Commonwealth Government in 1986 to extend the knowledge base required for effective treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug related problems and to enhance the overall research capacity in the drug and alcohol field. The Centre is highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, for its contribution to drug and alcohol research.  

About the role

  • Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded Research) Contract role
  • $75, 069 – $100, 090 (plus 17% superannuation and leave loading)

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will oversee project planning, coordination, monitoring and reporting across an Australian Government Department of Health funded project within the Prevention team at The Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS). Specifically, the role will co-ordinate and manage the ongoing development, evaluation and dissemination of a school-based intervention to reduce substance use and mental health problems in young people (

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow reports to the Associate Professor and has one direct report. Please review the position description for more details on the role requirements.  

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in education, psychology, behavioural or social sciences, or a related field
  • Experience with conducting research in the fields of mental health and/or substance use prevention or treatment. Experience with conducting research within the school/educational environment will be highly regarded
  • Demonstrated proficiency carrying out literature reviews within academic databases
  • Strong organisational skills including the ability to prioritise a range of tasks and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, and the proven ability to liaise with key stakeholders
  • Dedication to subject confidentiality and research ethics, particularly with respect to identified subject data of a sensitive nature

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application.

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, including a Working With Children Check.

Contact: Associate Professor Nicola Newton


Applications close: 11 pm 14th November 2018

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