Research Fellow, College of Health and Medicine

Hobart, Australia
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 May 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre (Wicking Dementia Centre) is at the forefront of translational research relevant to people with dementia and their carers. The Wicking Dementia Centre are leaders in multi-disciplinary research and delivery of specialist dementia education, focused on the themes of the Care, Cause and Prevention of dementia.

The Opportunity

We have two Research Fellow positions available who will work primarily in the Prevention theme area of the Wicking Dementia Centre on population-based programs of research, including the ISLAND (Island Study Linking Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease) Project, and/or the (THBP) Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project.

ISLAND is a large population-based cohort study that aims to be transformative for driving dementia risk reduction across the Tasmanian population and will include community-based intervention programs built on education and health self-efficacy.

The THBP Research Fellow will be involved in a world-first prospective study, commenced in 2010, that is examining the capacity of education in later life to reduce age-related cognitive decline and risk for dementia. The Research Fellow will coordinate the THBP and ancillary assessors, and be engaged in the analysis and interpretation of data, and communication of project results.

Both positions will involve development of research publications, ethics and grant applications, as well as close liaison with the projects’ Chief Investigators. The successful incumbents will have experience in fields such as psychology, public health and/or community research programs, including evaluation of the impact of interventions.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Undertake high-quality research of national and increasingly of international standing, secure external competitive and other funding, publish research findings and contribute to the successful supervision of research higher degree students
  • Contribute to the development of an internationally leading program of research.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community.
  • Coordinate and manage research project activities which may include participant assessments and/or the analysis and interpretation of data

You will be employed on a full-time, 2 year fixed term

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • A PhD or equivalent in a health-related field.
  • A good record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national recognition, demonstrated by a record of quality publications, presentations at conferences and preferably success in securing external competitive and other funding.
  • Demonstrated experience of research design, execution, data management, analysis and interpretation.
  • Experience of, and continuing commitment, to undertaking research which complies with ethical principles of human research, privacy and confidentiality in research practice.
  • A record of contributing to building and maintaining effective and productive links locally and nationally with the discipline, profession, industry and wider community.
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact effectively with a wide range of people including professional bodies, staff and community members.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $131,864.85 comprising base salary within the range of $93,711 to $112,705 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the position/selection criteria
  • For further information about this position, please contact Professor James Vickers, Director Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, or 03 6226 6979
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Thursday, 30 May 2019, 11:55 pm