Research Fellow, Strong and Deadly Futures

Sydney, Australia
26 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • An exciting opportunity to join our leading Matilda Centre undertaking research in culturally-inclusive school-based drug and alcohol prevention resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Located at The Matilda Centre on our Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed term, full time opportunity for 3 years (with opportunity for extension) with base salary of $106K p.a plus leave loading and up to 17% 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 Research Fellow to join The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance use and develop a program of prevention-focused research and dissemination.  Within this role you will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop, adapt and evaluate culturally-inclusive school-based drug and alcohol prevention resources. You will be actively involved in consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and supporting local Aboriginal facilitators to implement the wellbeing program and research.

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

To be successful in this position you will be able to use a high degree of initiative and judgement to coordinate multiple activities and teams on concurrent projects. In addition to this you will:

  • Co-ordinate consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and stakeholders to gain feedback on the project aims and implementation, and interpretation of the findings.
  • Liaise and work in partnership with stakeholders, designers and web developers to refine and update the Strong and Deadly Futures school-based program.
  • Manage a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the Strong and Deadly Futures program, including the recruitment of schools, data collection and management and intervention delivery.

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 a Research Fellow who can demonstrate the following key skills, qualifications and attributes:

  • completion of a PhD in psychology, behavioural or social sciences, public health, or a related field.
  • experience in health promotion, community consultation or research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Torres Strait Islander people
  • knowledge of and sensitivity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and ethical considerations
  • experience conducting research in the fields of mental health and/or substance use prevention or treatment. Specific experience in the drug and alcohol field would be well regarded.
  • proven previous experience in management, statistical analysis and reporting of research data (quantitative and qualitative) as evidenced by authorship of journal articles and / or government reports
  • previous experience managing school-based or clinical trials would be well regarded
  • demonstrated proficiency carrying out literature reviews within academic databases

The successful incumbent will also have excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills and a proven ability to liaise with key stakeholders.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 led to improve 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 position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.


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.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2547/1119F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 6 January 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.

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