Research Fellow in Public Health

Dunedin, New Zealand
21 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
19 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time


About us/Mō mātou

The research groups within the Department of Public Health at our Wellington campus carry out a range of internationally recognised research on critical public health issues in Aotearoa. These include Māori health, achieving a smokefree Aotearoa, cancer and screening, healthy eating, health services research and prioritisation, housing, sustainability and the environment, inequalities, and infectious diseases.

The Role/Te mahi

We are looking for a Research Fellow to join the ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre team in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington to work on a Health Research Council funded research programme, Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke, which is carrying out research to help achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa.

ASPIRE 2025 brings together leading smokefree researchers and practitioners across the University of Otago and from other universities and health organisations around the country. We work closely with Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.

In this role you will workwith academic staff from ASPIRE 2025 and with our research partners carrying out research on a topic of huge public health importance. You will be part of an intellectually stimulating environment that will draw on, challenge and enhance your research, critical thinking and analytical skills.

Your role may include:

  • Supporting research projects undertaken within the Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke programme including research tasks such as participant recruitment and management, interviewing, developing data collection methods, data analyses, report and paper-writing and other support tasks as requested.
  • Contribute as required to other activities within the Whakahā o Te Pā Harakeke programme and ASPIRE Research Centre.
  • Contributing to coordinating ASPIRE 2025 communication and dissemination activities, community and stakeholder engagement, or post-graduate student recruitment and support.

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A postgraduate degree in public health or a related social sciences discipline.
  • Experience with relevant research methods and public health research topics.
  • Experience and skills in collecting and analysing quantitative data sets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, some experience in preparing research publications and other dissemination.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • A good understanding of and commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and to equal opportunity.
  • A practical understanding of tikanga Māori in research.
  • A commitment to culturally safe and mana enhancing practice.
  • A commitment to Māori health workforce development.


  • Experience working with different population groups, including engaging and communicating about research with Māori communities.
  • Knowledge of smokefree policy and research.
  • Track record of publishing.
  • Track record of grant writing.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a part-time (0.5FTE), fixed-term position finishing on 31 August 2024.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Andrea Farquharson, Department of Public Health, Wellington.


To submit your application (including cover letter and cv), please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2102359 will close on Sunday, 23 January 2022.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

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