Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow, Indigenous Health Equity Unit

Melbourne, Australia
Level B $ 107,547 - $127,707 p.a. or Level C $131,739 - $151,900 p.a. plus 17% super
16 May 2022
End of advertisement period
30 May 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; 4 years fixed-term
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Salary: The appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Level B $ 107,547 - $127,707 p.a. or Level C $131,739 - $151,900 p.a. plus 17% super

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person/s strongly encouraged to apply

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population Health was established in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences in 2001. It became the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in 2013. Approximately 300 academic and professional staff people work in the School and it’s partner agencies. The School’s total budget is in excess of $55m. There are approximately 120 higher degree research students (predominantly PhD).

About the Role

The University of Melbourne Indigenous Health Equity Unit is seeking an experienced postdoctoral researcher to support an exciting program of research to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, wellbeing, equity, and healing. The appointee will be central to a dynamic Aboriginal-led team committed to establishing a world-class integrated program of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander knowledge generation (research), knowledge sharing (teaching and learning), and knowledge translation into effective programs and policies essential for closing the gap.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Contribute to research across the unit including research on intergenerational trauma, applied mixed methods research and strategies to improve Indigenous health equity
  • Lead publications in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to other papers
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposals for submission to external funding bodies including the NHMRC and ARC
  • Supervise junior staff on all aspects of the research including ethics proposal, study design, project management, stakeholder involvement, the conduct of research, and preparation of academic and non-academic outputs

This position represents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research team in the Centre for Health Equity and support research relevant to the urgent public health issues of intergenerational trauma and improving health equity.

About You

You are an experienced professional with a background and understanding of public health and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health, including evidence of translational activities. You will be able to utilise your exceptional communication and presentation skills to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, service providers, and communities. The role will include responsibility for managing programs of research, hence self-motivation, high-level organisation, and sound project management skills will be vital.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • PhD or equivalent expertise and experience in a relevant area or equivalent professional qualification
  • Evidence of significant contribution to independent and team-based research in health equity, mental health research, and/or related fields
  • Track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Evidence of successful translation of research into non-academic outputs such as online media and reports

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

To find out more, please visit

Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: SeniorResearchFellow_IndigenousHealthEquityUnit.pdf

Applications close: 30th May 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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