Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Positive Choices

Sydney, Australia
13 May 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • An exciting opportunity to join the new Matilda Centre undertaking research in Mental Health and Substance Use
  • A University of Sydney Flagship Initiative with the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Medical School, Camperdown/Darlington Campus and wide collaborations within and external to the University
  • Fixed term full time opportunity for 12 months with base salary of $73K-$98 p.a. plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join The University of Sydney’s Sydney Medical School as part of the Matilda Centre team. We are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct a program of prevention-focused research and dissemination in line with the priorities of the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion in Research who also wants to play an active part in translation of evidence-based drug prevention, including delivering workshops and conference presentations, and preparing written publications for academic journals, government, and the broader community. 

Reporting into the Senior Research Fellow this is a fixed term full time position (37.5 hours per week) based in our Matilda Centre in Camperdown. For more information on the Matilda Centre please visit the website at

To be successful in this position you will be able to prioritise your workload to meet deadlines and work both independently or as part of a team. In addition to this you will:

  • Oversee management of the Positive Choices drug and alcohol prevention initiative, including updating the online resource database and factsheets in line with new evidence, and development of new evidence-informed content to meet identified needs
  • Liaise and work in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Health, maintain strong relationships and contributing to the compliance and reporting processes, including managing the project budget
  • Co-ordinate and implement promotional activities to increase community awareness of evidence-based prevention strategies, including social media engagement and delivery of conference, workshop and webinar for educators, parents, researchers and the broader community
  • Report research results and prepare research manuscripts for publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals and present results at local and national scientific meetings.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Postdoctoral Research Fellow who have:

  • Completed or are near completion of a PhD in psychology, behavioural or social sciences, public health, or a related field
  • Experience conducting research in the fields of mental health and/or substance use prevention, treatment or implementation science, and specific experience in the drug and alcohol field would be well regarded
  • Experience in health promotion and/or translation of research into practice
  • Demonstrated proficiency carrying out literature reviews within academic databases.

About us

The Matilda Centre provides a world-first synergy of leading prevention, early intervention and treatment research and translation programs in substance use and mental disorders. The Matilda Centre undertakes research and brings together researchers currently working across disorder silos (addiction, depression, suicide, anxiety, exercise physiology, dietetics, chronic disease) to share skills, synergise data, and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention and early intervention programs for substance use and mental disorders.  

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has been a world-leading institution which has improved the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 814/0519 to apply.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Closing date: 11:59pm on 23 May 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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