Research Fellow in Epidemiology and Physical Activity

Sydney, Australia
02 Mar 2021
End of advertisement period
18 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • An opportunity for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to conduct research to support an NHMRC Investigator Leadership 2 grant within the Charles Perkins Centre and School of Health Sciences
  • Located at the Charles Perkins Centre on the Camperdown Campus, part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Full-time, 2 years fixed term with a salary range of $108K- $128K p.a., dependent on experience plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

Reporting to Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, the Research Fellow will provide leadership and contribute to a program of research involving large epidemiological cohort data on physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep, and other aspects of lifestyle. You will have a strong publications track record, and be expected to provide research leadership to the preparation of epidemiological data publications and grant applications. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will be offered plenty of opportunities to lead and work with international research networks. The role will also involve contributions to exercise trials and physical activity measurement related studies. 

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 has:

  • a PhD in epidemiology, public health, applied statistics, physical activity/sedentary behaviour/exercise science, data science, or analogous area 
  • strong expertise and research experience in physical activity or sedentary behaviour
  • strong statistical skills and excellent working knowledge of ideally more than one statistical packages (SAS, R, SPSS, STATA etc)
  • experience in meta-analytical and/or other advanced data synthesis methods (e.g. individual participant meta-analysis)
  • experience with funding applications for research grants and/or research fellowships.
  • experience with harmonization/pooling/management of large datasets; and/or advanced statistical techniques (e.g. compositional data analysis, Mendelian Randomisation) would be highly desirable

This position presents an outstanding opportunity for an ambitious early career researcher who seeks to progress their career through developing a publication track record in leading biomedical journals and collaboration with multiple renowned international research teams; and further develop their expertise and reputation in cohort studies, consortia and evidence synthesis methods.

About us

PALPH is within the Charles Perkins Centre and the School of Health Sciences, at the University of Sydney and has expertise in large epidemiological cohort research, international consortia, measurement, and exercise science trials. The PALPH work is funded mostly by grants provided by NHMRC (Ideas Grant, Investigator Grant), the British Heart Foundation. This role is funded directly by an NHMRC- Investigator Grant whose research component is primarily concerned with the development of the Prospective Physical Activity, Sitting and Sleep consortium (ProPASS); and the advancement of the research agenda on intermittent lifestyle physical activity. 

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 044/0121F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 18 March 2021

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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