Post-doctoral Research Associate - Medicines Policy

Surry Hills, Australia
$105,350 + 17% superannuation
06 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
26 Sep 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed term for 12 months (with the possibility of extension)
  • Exciting opportunity to engage in medicines policy and outcomes research at the Northern Sydney Local Health District with the School of Pharmacy
  • Base Salary from $105,350 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Pharmacy at the University of Sydney began in 1899. The school has many collaborative research projects with other faculties, teaching hospitals, research institutes and the pharmaceutical industry.

Sydney Pharmacy School, Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH), recently appointed Professor Christine Lu as the Chair of Clinical Pharmacy at the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). Professor Lu conducts research and teaches on health care policy and practice in Australia and the US. The Faculty of Medicine and Health has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join the NSLHD as a Research Fellow, to contribute to health policy and outcomes research with a focus on quality use of medicines. The Research Fellow will perform and manage research projects from their initial development through publication of findings in peer-reviewed journals.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • lead or participate in medicines policy, pharmacoepidemiologic, comparative effectiveness, or outcomes research projects. Specific projects will be determined based on the Fellow's background and interests
  • design, partake, and undertake medicines policy and outcomes research
  • manage research projects, including liaison with project staff and data custodians, conduct data analysis of large-scale datasets to address relevant research questions, tracking performance against timelines and deliverables
  • prepares manuscripts detailing research findings and submits to peer-reviewed journals.
  • presents research findings within and outside of FMH.
  • develop and submit grant proposals and applications, research protocols, analysis plans, ethics applications etc
  • works closely with Prof Lu to monitor progress and resolve issues that arise during the course of the research.
  • provide direction and mentorship to post-graduate students in the team
  • seek out research synergies and network within and outside the NSLHD and FMH
  • other duties and projects as assigned.

About you

  • hold a PhD or equivalent post-graduate qualification (desirable to be in epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, or related fields)
  • track-record in peer-reviewed publications (independently or as part of a team)
  • demonstrated understanding of relevant research methods such as epidemiology, biostatistics, data science, economics
  • demonstrated research experience in relevant fields with skills in managing data sets, ethics applications, and coordination of project-specific tasks
  • demonstrated capacity to undertake high quality systematic reviews of the scientific literature
  • proven ability and capability for using modern data-centric programming languages such as R, Stata or SAS
  • proven ability to work both independently and manage time effectively, and as a member of a multidisciplinary research team
  • excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • high-level organisational skills and proven ability to deal with multiple tasks, establish priorities and meet deadlines., work within budgets
  • experience in supervising or mentoring others and/or coordinating team activities.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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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Tuesday 26 September 2023 11:59 PM

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