Senior Research Academic Fellow, Sydney Nursing School

Camperdown, Australia
$138,645 + 17% superannuation
09 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, 3 year fixed term contract
  • Be a part of the development, testing, and implementation of theoretical frameworks for Person-centered research
  • Base Salary starting from $138,645 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Sydney Nursing School is ranked 7th in the world and produces graduates who have the critical thinking skills and nursing knowledge to provide the best care for people, wherever they are. We integrate teaching, research and scholarship, together with practice and policy development and engagement with all health professions. Many of our staff work in healthcare services, making a real difference to the healthcare landscape in Australia and internationally and making us ideally positioned to provide advice and consultancy across many key areas of nursing and midwifery.

The school is looking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow to undertake independent and collaborative research to lead on aspects of research strategy within the school. This position in the School of Nursing and Midwifery aligns closely with one of three key research themes led by the Head of School/Dean, Professor Brendan McCormack in person-centered practice and the development of person-centered cultures using implementation science methodologies.

Professor Brendan McCormack has been engaged in person-centred research and research into person-centredness for over twenty years and his research has been underpinned by the development, testing and implementation of theoretical frameworks for practice. The development of the Person-centred Nursing (PCNF) and Person-centred Practice Frameworks (PCPF) has spanned over 20 years of research, practice development and evaluation activities.

Professor McCormack proposes to build on this work to engage in further implementation research with a specific focus on determining outcomes from the adoption of person-centred approaches to healthcare practice.

Please click the below hyperlink for more information on Professor McCormack.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • lead the writing of competitive research grants with national and international partners and/or generate other research income by exploring diverse funding opportunities
  • contribute to the writing of scholarly publications in impactful journals, producing other innovative and creative outputs, and presenting key research findings and outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • engage in impactful research and provide leadership within the School and Faculty towards the furthering of the University's standing as an international leader in person-centred research.
  • enhance existing research partnerships and develop new partnerships towards the creation of a Sydney University Research Network or Research Incubator.
  • contribute to the development of students' knowledge and understanding of person-centredness by inputting to relevant undergraduate and master's units of study.
  • participate in School and Faculty communication, engagement and governance processes.

About you

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • proven track record of published work or other demonstrated scholarly activities
  • in-depth understanding of Person-centredness, person-centred practice and person-centred research
  • proven track record of research grant application writing
  • demonstrated skills and experience in mixed methods research, with a strength in quantitative study design, data collection and analysis
  • excellent oral and written, interpersonal and team communication skills
  • experience using statistical software packages
  • an established network of relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners, and stakeholders that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the discipline, School/ Faculty and University
  • a developing knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector.

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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.

EEO statement

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