Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow, iSISTAQUIT Birthing on Country Project

Coffs Harbour / Lismore / Gold Coast, Australia
$101,544 - $142,531 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
08 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Full-time, fixed-term (2 years) opportunity or part-time (80%)
  • Level B or C dependent on qualifications, skills and experience
  • Salary range from $101,544 - $142,531 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading

About us

Southern Cross University is a values-led, young, dynamic and rising institution of excellence committed to transforming tomorrow. Our game-changing new education model brings a deeper learning experience, improving individual student outcomes, quality of life and a better way to learn.

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Working at Southern Cross University combines a rare combination of being surrounded by ambitious students, amazing and dedicated colleagues and an environment of stunning natural beauty. We are leaders in our communities in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast and pride ourselves on helping shape a better tomorrow.

About the opportunity

The Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme Workforce and Maternity Services Project aims to build the capacity of regional and remote Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) for Birthing on Country Initiatives and augmented smoking cessation care. Southern Cross University will deliver the Project in partnership with three ACCHS in regional remote areas. The project vision is to strengthen Birthing on Country (BOC) strategies and combine these with maternal smoking cessation initiatives.

The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will play a key role in the delivery of innovative research for the iSISTAQUIT Birthing on Country and allied projects. As an academic at this level, it is expected that you will undertake relevant engagement and service activities in support of the project. Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and conduct high-level research in support of the project preparing research publications and progress reports, and participation in regular meetings.
  • Prepare research publications and progress reports and participate in regular meetings to discuss project objectives, methodology and outcomes.
  • Undertake relevant community and professional engagement that supports and enhances the Project priorities.
  • Advance external links by collaborating on external activities and sustaining relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.
  • Work effectively across multi-disciplinary teams and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

About you

As the successful candidate you will have a relevant PHD qualification within related fields of science e.g., behavioural science, public health, epidemiology, community health, Indigenous health, nursing, social science, psychology, medicine and demonstrated success in the management of research projects, clinical trials or community-based projects with a focus on health. More specifically, you will have:

  • Proven success as a chief investigator in applications for external research funding.
  • Track record of supervising hours and postgraduate student research.
  • Experience in the collection, analysis, and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data from health services, clinical or field trials.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work as a collaborative team member.
  • Demonstrated experience working in Indigenous settings or in Indigenous health research or cross-cultural projects will be viewed favourably.

Salary and benefits

Our staff benefit from flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work models, generous parental and carer’s leave provisions, wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programs and professional learning opportunities.

This is a full-time, fixed-term (2 years) position, part-time appointments of 80% will be considered.

Located at Coffs Harbour. Generous relocation support is available. Lismore or Gold Coast campus preferences will be considered.

The level of appointment will be made at Research Fellow (Level B) or Senior Research Fellow (Level C) commensurate with the qualifications, skills and experience of the successful candidate.

The base salary for Academic Level B ranges from $101,544 - $120,179 per annum, plus 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation. The total remuneration package is up to $140,609.

The base salary for Academic Level C ranges from $123,900 - $142,531 per annum, plus 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation. The total remuneration package is up to $166,761.

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Application requirements

Applicants must apply online and provide responses to the selection criteria in the position description of the level in which they are applying for by the closing date.

Information to support you prepare your application is available on our website. If you experience difficulties applying online or need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know by contacting

Job applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or currently hold a visa with unrestricted work rights in Australia for the entire duration of the appointment. Employer visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Further information

Additional information is available in the position description or by contacting:

Name: Professor Gillian Gould


Closing Date: 11:30 pm, Wednesday, 21st June 2023.

Southern Cross University is committed to diversity and social inclusion and aim to ensure equality in the recruitment of our staff. Applications are supported and encouraged from those that bring diversity to the University.

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