Research Fellow, Drug and Alcohol

Camperdown, Australia
$113,184 - $134,403 + 17% superannuation
02 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
21 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time fixed term until 31 December 2025 (potential for extension) at Central Clinical School
  • Unique opportunity to contribute to health services- and community-led research on drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Base salary $113,184 - $134,403 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Central Clinical School (CCS) is located on the main campus of the University. Staff cover a wide range of disciplines and are active in both research and teaching.

We are seeking a Research Fellow with a keen interest in conducting research on drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Applicant must have quantitative analysis and study design experience, and ability to work with the team's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous collaborators on this co-designed research program. There is potential for some work from home.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • coordinate two large projects, funded by category one grants (NHMRC, MRFF), focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and drug and alcohol use
  • lead analysis on largely quantitative data, and prepare reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • prepare presentations, including for community stakeholders
  • work with key stakeholders to foster collaborative, multi-disciplinary and strategic research activities
  • participate in new project opportunities and contribute to the development of new research concepts

About you

  • completed a PhD or equivalent professional experience in a scientific field relevant to research in drug and alcohol use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • committed to working in a team to improve health outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships
  • proven advanced skills in statistical data analysis (e.g. using software such as R, SPSS)
  • proven experience in scientific writing skills for the development and submission of research publications or grant applications
  • working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of Work Health and Safety

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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.

As this position is located on an NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements

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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Applications Close

Tuesday 21 February 2023 11:59 PM

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