Research Fellow in Public Health

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


About us/Mo matou

The research groups within the Department of Public Health at our Wellington campus conduct internationally recognised research on critical public health issues in Aotearoa. These include Maori 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 at the University of Otago, Dunedin to work on a Health Research Council funded research programme, Whakaha o Te Pa 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 Ropu Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare.

In this role you will work with 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 Whakaha o Te Pa 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.
  • Contributing as required to other activities within the Whakaha o Te Pa Harakeke programme and ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre.
  • Coordinating ASPIRE 2025 communication and dissemination activities, community and stakeholder engagement, or post-graduate student recruitment and support.

Your skills and experience/Ka pukeka me ka 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 qualitative data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, some experience in preparing research publications and other dissemination.
  • Excellent organisational 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 Maori in research.
  • A commitment to culturally safe and mana enhancing practice.
  • A commitment to Maori health workforce development.


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

Further details/Puroko

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

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 2102357 will close on Sunday, 23 January 2022.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

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