Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow, Mental Wealth Initiative

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary of $98,645 – $131,639 + 17% superannuation
23 May 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time fixed term until 2023
  • Work on meaningful projects that make an impact with the Mental Wealth Initiative
  • Base Salary of $98,645 - $131,639 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Mental Wealth Initiative (MWI) is a group established by the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney in 2020. This is in collaboration between Sydney Business School and Brain and Mind Centre. We work with leaders in government, business, mental health, and social policy across communities, to establish the national and regional infrastructure needed to measure, monitor, forecast the Mental Wealth of the nation and help identify policy opportunities to foster this broader measure of our national prosperity.

You can read more about the meaningful work and the impact of the Mental Wealth Initiative here.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow to work on exciting projects in collaboration with Professor John Buchanan to research a range of issues pertaining to the MWI; some of these projects include:

  • Reconstructing lifelong learning in the Sydney Basin
  • Sustainable work in the foundational economy
  • The impact of AI on the Character of Work
  • The four-day work week: impact on the workplace and working life

This position is open to qualified academic Level A and B applicants. The level at appointment will be determined on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. You will be working in a dynamic team, and bee encouraged to think about different ways to conduct meaningful research.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake meaningful research and work as part of a team to meet project objectives
  • experience in supporting the gathering and use of behavioural and social sciences data and research methods, particularly qualitative data
  • proven track record of publications, reports, and other relevant research outputs, combined with exceptional writing and communication skills
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective collaborative working relationships
  • proven ability to manage workflows, multiple complex projects and meet strict deadlines
  • demonstrated ability to provide valuable, pragmatic advice to stakeholders, government agencies, and social groups.

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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow who has:

  • a PhD in social sciences, business, a health-related field, or equivalent
  • a demonstrated ability to manage large and complex research projects
  • demonstrated capacity to coordinate all aspects of the research process including study design and implementation, analysis and reporting and write up of study findings
  • excellent time management skills, and ability to prioritise multiple competing deadlines in a busy, fast-paced environment, with flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and stakeholder demands
  • outstanding interpersonal skills and experience in establishing and maintaining strong relationships internally and externally.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Monday 06 June 2022 11:59 PM

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