Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Musculoskeletal Health

Camperdown, Australia
$100,717 - $107,516 + 17% superannuation
06 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time fixed term until 31 May 2024 based at Camperdown
  • Great opportunity as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to a research project focused on Musculoskeletal Health within emergency department sites
  • Base Salary $100,717 - $107,516 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Founded in 1930, Sydney School of Public Health is Australia's first and leading school of public health. Each day, our researchers and graduates are tackling global health challenges and striving to improve equity in communities locally and around the world.

Based at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on a clinical trial that will test the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and scalability of a primary contact physiotherapy service to manage musculoskeletal conditions in the emergency department. The trial will have sites in metropolitan, regional, and rural areas in New South Wales.

The position reports to the chief investigator (Professor Maher) and would suit someone with clinical and/or research experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • contribute and coordinate the research and administration activities of the discipline including oversight of trial sites, budget management, preparation of weekly study reports to investigators, preparation of monthly study updates to recruiting ED sites and trouble-shooting problems as they arise
  • apply and refine expertise in research methodologies
  • undertake original research (either independently or as part of a team) within discipline or area of expertise
  • develop research collaborations which will ultimately result in knowledge or technology transfer leading to commercialisation, improved policy or practice and/or enhancements to industry
  • preparing applications and reports to ethical and regulatory bodies
  • assist with future grant applications and supervision of PhD students
  • undertake some travel to trial sites.

About you

  • have a PhD in an academic field relevant to the discipline
  • clinical and/or research experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions
  • demonstrate expertise and experience in undertaking health services research, particularly in hospital settings
  • have expertise in the design and conduct of qualitative research, including qualitative studies with clinicians
  • demonstrate a track record of impactful research and publications in their field
  • an excellent mentor for junior scientists as evidenced by supervision, mentoring, and support
  • proven strong track record of effectively working in multi-disciplinary teams, industry and professional institutions, health partners, and stakeholders

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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.

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Applications Close

Sunday 19 February 2023 11:59 PM

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