Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Public Health

Camperdown, Australia
$113,184 - $134,403 + 17% superannuation (Pro-rata)
09 May 2023
End of advertisement period
04 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part time Fixed term (2 years) until June 2025
  • Be a part of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood Translate
  • Base Salary $113,184 - $134,403 + 17% superannuation (Pro-rata)

About the opportunity

The School of Public Health is Australia's first and leading school of public health with a community of academics, educators, staff, research groups and centres that offer a wide range of education and research opportunities for students. We are ranked #1 for public health in the Asia-Pacific region and #18 globally. Today, the School has more than 330 staff and over 1500 students.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the team in Centre for Research Excellence in Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood Translate (EPOCH Translate) funded by the NHMRC grant with the research led by Professor Louise Baur, Professor Li Ming Wen and Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson. This is a national research centre that brings together internationally renowned experts in early childhood obesity prevention research. The position will specifically focus on Stream 3 of EPOCH Translate 'The science of scaling up and implementing effective approaches to early childhood obesity prevention into policy and practice'. This position will conduct research to explore the key opportunities and leverage points to integrate evidence-based early childhood obesity prevention strategies into routine primary healthcare (PHC) practice.

The incumbent will be based in the Public Health Edward Ford Building, located on the Camperdown Campus, and will be offered as a part time role (0.6 FTE).

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Coduct research relevant to EPOCH translate Stream 3, work area 2: Integrating evidence-based early childhood obesity prevention strategies into routine PHC practice
  • conduct mapping of PHC providers policies to identify key leverage points for integrating obesity prevention strategies
  • co-develop recommended practice change strategies for PHC providers
  • co-develop and evaluate a training package for PHC providers
  • explore synergies with existing externally funded projects
  • contribute to other activities within the EPOCH CRE including Early-Mid Career Researcher capacity building activities
  • apply for independent research funding
  • provide an excellent contribution to the School of Public Health's research programs
  • exhibit and/or publish high-quality research in journals of high repute
  • contribute to the achievement of USYD's strategic goals in research, engagement and innovation
  • contribute to the research achievements of the EPOCH collaboration.

About you

  • Tertiary qualifications, including a PhD in Public Health or other health related disciplines
  • have experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • have capacity to contribute to leadership of research and administration
  • proven evidence have emerging reputation in research and scholarship through publications
  • have proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues
  • proven experience in the primary health care industry/ sector is desirable
  • proven experience in engaging with research end users in the design, conduct and reporting of research including use of co-design approaches
  • proven ability to manage workflows, multiple complex projects and meet strict deadlines
  • proven experience in research within the area of public health.

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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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How to apply

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Applications Close

Sunday 04 June 2023 11:59 PM

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