Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow, Communication in Health Care

Canberra, Australia
21 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $103,841 - $117,736 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term for 2.5 yrs (anticipated start date 1 August 2022)

Position overview

The ANU Institute for Communication in Health Care (ICH) is an international, interdisciplinary organisation, established to promote health care communication research and the application of research findings to healthcare practice and education. The institute’s mission is to build an international, collaborative research and training hub in healthcare communication to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare practice around the world.

ICH is inviting applications from suitably qualified scholars for a post-doctoral fellow/research fellow to work with Institute Director Professor Diana Slade and the ICH team. The position is primarily research-based, although with the possibility of some teaching. Current members of the institute have particular expertise in qualitative linguistic ethnographic research in hospital contexts. We would be interested in applications from similarly oriented linguists or with complementary skills and experience, for example in corpus-based approaches in health care communication research.

The successful applicant would have a PhD in a relevant discipline and will carry out independent and team-based research. They will need to be dynamic, flexible, resilient, and able to work in a fast-paced environment, and able to travel as needed between NSW, ACT and Victoria to perform site-based research and outreach. They must be based in or willing to relocate to the ACT.

The ANU Institute for Communication in Health Care (ICH)

Based at one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, the ICH addresses mounting evidence that ineffective communication at all levels of the healthcare system leads to poor patient outcomes, including serious illness and death, and contributes to clinician dissatisfaction.

The institute aims to translate cutting-edge communication research into best practice for safe and compassionate health care. It is located in the College of Arts and Social Sciences, within the Research School of Humanities and the Arts. It also has very strong links with the ANU School of Medicine and with organisations in the healthcare sector in NSW (such as St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney), ACT, across Australia and internationally.

College Overview

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is one of seven Colleges at ANU. The College, which is structured into two main research schools, offers degrees in more than 20 discipline areas and excels in research across the creative arts, humanities and social sciences. The College has a substantial international research presence and is a major source of national policy advice. Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research, and 57 are members of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, or both. We also host 13 Australian Research Council Future Fellows and three ARC Laureates. A hub of vibrant activity, we host more than 270 lectures, concerts and exhibitions each year, most of which are open to the public. Our students, staff and graduates come from more than 60 nations, bringing a diversity of perspective to campus life.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

For further information, please contact Professor Diana Slade: / Tel: 0419 281 256

Interviewing: 1 March 2022

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A two-page research proposal/plan in an area of interest to you, consistent with the ICH mission.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

The ANU conducts background checks on potential employees, and employment in this position is conditional on satisfactory results in accordance with the Background Checking Procedure which sets out the types of checks required by each type of position.

Position Description & Selection Criteria

Applications close: 20 Feb 2022 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time