Research Officer / Research Fellow: Climate Change and Human Health

Melbourne, Australia
Level A – $77,171.00 - $104,717.00 p.a. plus 17% super
02 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job no: 0058622
Location: Parkville
Role type:  Part-time 0.8 FTE (negotiable); Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Salary: Level A – $77,171.00 - $104,717.00 p.a. plus 17% super 

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH) is a respected leader in the field of public health education, research and knowledge exchange. MSPGH was established in 2001 as the first school of its kind in Australia with a vision to make a difference in the population and public health sphere - building on the substantial assets of our University to advance public health in communities nationally and internationally - with a strong focus on Indigenous peoples.

Since its inception, the School has grown rapidly in size, scope and reputation and has consistently attracted leading academics and researchers who bring considerable skills, insights and expertise. We continue to attract increasing levels of competitive funding from governments and a range of renowned philanthropic organisations, funders and individuals. The School now comprises over 350 academic and professional staff.

About the Role

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health seeks a Research Officer/Research Fellow to work with Professor Kathryn Bowen and colleagues in the Climate and Health Innovation Lab. The appointee will be highly motivated and have a sound knowledge and experience in public and/or global health, ideally also climate change and health. The appointee will contribute to the research output of the rapidly expanding research area of climate change and human health within the School and University more broadly. The appointee’s principal accountabilities will include supporting all aspects of the research cycle for climate change and human health research projects, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Lab.

This role represents a new and exciting opportunity for an individual to join a dynamic research team to support research relevant to the urgent global health issue of climate change. The work is conducted from local to global scales. The Research Officer/Research Fellow will report to Professor Kathryn Bowen.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the growing collaborations in climate change and human health research and practice at the University
  • Support a wide-range of knowledge exchange activities – including with public, private and NGO sectors
  • Contribute to the drafting of a variety of dissemination activities including publications in peer reviewed journals, development of policy briefs, research reports
  • Work productively with external stakeholders including government, non-government organisations, advocacy groups and service providers
  • Operational management of the Climate and Health Innovation Lab, including budgeting and administrative functions

About You

You are an ethical scholar who values diversity and works effectively with individual differences. You will bring your excellent attention to detail with demonstrated ability to consistently produce high-quality output and to meet established targets and deadlines. You have strong interpersonal and skills, with an ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) and work collaboratively. You will have experience in supporting academic researchers, have experience ideally working in the areas of climate change and human health (in practice, policy or both), and have highly developed communication skills (written and oral). This position will allow the appointee to further develop these skills.

You will also have:

  • Bachelor degree in relevant discipline such as public health, environmental health, health policy, human geography, psychology, epidemiology, or related disciplines
  • Ability to work with senior researchers and help design, conduct, analyse and disseminate applied research in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated high-level project management skills

Please note: to ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, a successful candidate would be required to pass a Working with Children Check in Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process, please contact us at

Applications close: 24th February 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position Description: 0058622_Research Officer Research Fellow Climate Change and Human Health _PD.pdf

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