Prevention Research Support Program, Research Fellow

Newcastle, Australia
$72,257 to $98,059 plus 17 % super and is commensurate with experience.
27 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Full-time or part-time fixed-term opportunities until June 2026
  • Higher Education Worker Level A + 17% super
  • Build on your early research career and work with a highly successful team of researchers

Be part of our research community that’s changing lives

Our vision to become a world-leading university for our regions will take passion and perseverance. We can’t do it without you.

We are looking for people to join our university – to bring their global expertise to our region, and to take their impactful research to the world with us.

We are driven by our inclusive focus and are proud of our five-star rating for social equity. We are among the first 15 universities in Australia to receive the Bronze Award under the Athena Swan Charter and we’re striving to achieve Silver.

Be challenged and imagine with us

As an early career researcher these Research Fellow positions will give you the opportunity to build your capacity in prevention research.

In this role you will:

  • Be addressing priorities for reducing behavioural risk factors for diseases such as smoking, alcohol, inadequate nutrition, physical inactivity etc.
  • Contribute to research and research translation, professional development and training opportunities

You will work together with the program leads and other staff to

  • Design, conduct, and disseminate health prevention research in partnership with NSW health service staff
  • Contribute to research and research translation, professional development and training opportunities for NSW Local Health District health service staff

For the Health Promotion focused Research Fellows (x2), you will:

  • Conduct policy relevant research addressing NSW Health priorities for reducing behavioural risk factors for preventable disease e.g. smoking, inadequate nutrition, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, obesity, blood borne and sexually transmitted disease, through individual, organisational and system level initiatives.

For the Health Economics focused Research Fellow (x1), you will:

  • Collaborate across the group, contributing to the design and conduct of health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection research, and leading economic analyses for evaluation of the impact of innovations in improving population health, health equity, cost-effectiveness and social return on investment.

These are fixed-term opportunities until June 2026, primarily based at the Wallsend Campus on Awabakal land.

How will you inspire us?

The role will deliver on the priorities identified in the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour’s (PRCHB) research initiative, with funding from the NSW Health Prevention Research Support Program (PRSP) Round 6.

You will have:

  • Proven track record of strong research outputs with a number of first author papers
  • Experience in successfully obtaining competitive grant funding
  • Ability to work independently as well as par of a collaborative team
  • Demonstrated experience in applied health services research conducted in partnership with health service providers

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.

Be part of something bigger

The PRCHB has a strong emphasis on policy and practice-based prevention research driven by the prevention service delivery priorities, challenges and opportunities of the Hunter New England Health District (HNE), other Districts across NSW, the NSW Ministry of Health and its partner agencies and other care delivery providers. Embedded in Hunter New England Population Health, the objective of the PRCHB is to work in partnership with policy makers and service providers to undertake high quality translatable and scalable prevention research that can inform prevention policy and practice decisions in NSW Health, nationally and internationally. The activities of the group directly align to NSW or NSW Health strategic and/or service delivery priorities as reflected in state or NSW Health policies, plans and strategies.

The University’s College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing is an innovative, research-intensive centre of education excellence. We have a long history of delivering globally significant research outcomes and a pioneering approach to education. The College is committed to producing exemplary health care practitioners and researchers who can provide innovative solutions that will deliver better, healthier living for our communities.

The School of Medicine and Public Health’s mission is to make a positive difference to the health of people in the Hunter, Australia and the world by being at the forefront of Australian medical and population health education and research. A new unit within the school has recently been created with the strategic goal to develop and drive a renewed vision for Public Health.

The University of Newcastle is a global leader, committed to equity and excellence. Our vision is to create a better future for our regions and world, supported by our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability.

How will we support you?

The remuneration is Level A from $72,257 to $98,059 plus 17 % super and is commensurate with experience.

The University is committed to being a leader in family-friendly working environments.

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please click here:

Let’s be part of something bigger together.

Visit this page ( for a guide on how to apply for a role.

Your application must include:

  • A Cover Letter; outlining your interest in the role, including contact details for a minimum of three relevant referees.
  • A statement addressing the Essential and Desirable Criteria listed below OR as provided in the Position Description (Position Description can be found below the advert on our University Job Page)
  • PhD (or relevant experience) in a public health discipline, health economics or economics
    1. Demonstrated skills and impact in research co-design, co-production and co-dissemination in partnership with health service providers.
    2. Research output relative to experience, as demonstrated by a track record of high impact, peer-reviewed publications and research income.
    3. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and across a range of projects to meet program deliverables.
    4. Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate, consult and negotiate effectively with health service partners/end users other academic, government, non-government, community, private sector or research institutions.
  • Your CV, which should be a maximum of five pages and be succinct and discipline appropriate.

For specific position enquiries, please contact Emily Princehorn, Executive Officer on (02) 4033 9455 or via email

Having Difficulties? Reach out to us:

  • HR Services (+61 2) 4033 9999 (press 2) - during business hours (AEST)

Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.

Closing date: Wednesday, 17th August 2022 at 11.59pm AEST

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you!