Postdoctoral Fellow for the Marurra-U NHMRC Project

Camperdown, Australia
$98,645 to $105,305 + 17% superannuation
24 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
04 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Part time or full time, 1 year fixed term contract with a possible 3-4 year extension
  • Be a part of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Funded project, Marurra-U partnership project aiming to improve Indigenous children's health in the remote Kimberley, WA
  • Base Salary starting from 98,645 to $105,305 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (or Level A, Associate Lecturer) position to join the NHMRC Marurra-U partnership project aiming to improve Indigenous children's health in the remote Kimberley, WA. The project is a partnership between the University of Sydney, Marninwarntikura and Royal Far West and includes investigators from the George Institute for Global Health. This is a mixed methods study, with the idea coming from the Indigenous community and with strong Indigenous leadership.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to the full spectrum of academic research underway in this NHMRC Partnership project -The Marurra-U Partnership Study and will be based in either Sydney, NSW or Fitzroy Crossing, WA; or both with the initial months based in Sydney, NSW; with the potential for travel between the two locations, funded by the project.

The project will evaluate a model of wrap-around care developed in the Fitzroy Valley that incorporates trauma-informed, culturally appropriate care (with a focus on allied health) delivered in-person in Fitzroy Valley communities and schools as well as using telehealth. This model of care is built upon a strong global evidence-base about wrap-around service models for children with complex mental, behavioural and social-emotional needs as well as our team's strong evidence and experience built over the past decade together

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Design, develop and undertake the research project from planning, seeking ethical approvals, data collection, analysis and publication with the investigator team
  • manage the project, together with the lead investigator
  • ethics board submissions, together with the investigator team
  • manage research protocols, including ethics requirements, risk management and data collection process
  • present project updates, overviews, and formal presentations of research activity to the full partnership team, together with the investigator team
  • contribute to, and/or lead the preparation of peer-review papers, as a lead or co-author
  • provide appropriate mentoring to relevant staff and students on the project
  • after the initial 6 months: there will be opportunity to live and/or travel to the Fitzroy Valley as part of the project, meet with local organisations, families, and children to assist with quantitative and qualitative data collection, review the literature, analyse and write-up findings, as well as contribute to funding applications, policy briefs, advocacy documents and continual community consultation
  • undertake other research duties as required.

About you

  • A completed Doctor of Philosophy in a relevant field of research (eg public health, epidemiology, medicine, nursing, allied health, anthropology, psychology/mental health)
  • experience in research in areas consistent with the project objectives, having authored at least several peer-reviewed publications
  • experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • demonstrated experience in executing high quality research projects
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • experience with research ethics proposals, project management, data collection, rural or remote settings, Indigenous health, child health (advantageous)
  • knowledge of literature reviews, referencing software, project management tools, data collection tools (eg Redcap, SurveyMonkey), interviewing, data analysis of quantitative (eg R, STATA, SAS, SPSS) and/or qualitative data (eg yarning, realist, other qual), implementation, evaluation (advantageous)
  • strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain inclusive, respectful and productive working relationships with colleagues, partners and members of the community. Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • ideally you will be looking to launch your own research career, keen to join our team for years vs months, with a keen interest in child health, and/or health systems and services research, Indigenous health.
  • flexibility to work online from home, from the university and/or from the Fitzroy Valley
  • ideally you will be interested in either living in or traveling to the remote Fitzroy Valley.

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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.

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.

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