Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Sydney, Australia
$159,423 to $182,877 p.a.
03 Oct 2023
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, Fixed term for 5 years
  • Blacktown Hospital

About Western

Working at Western Sydney University means you will be part of an organisation that’s ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and is a research leader – with 85% of the University’s research being at or above world standard.

The University is deeply embedded in the community and the region we serve, which is Australia’s fastest growing economy and one of the most culturally diverse areas in Australia. Our 11 campuses include a hybrid network of technology-infused vertical CBD campuses and more traditional campuses across Western Sydney.

With more than 200,000 highly respected alumni we are ranked the highest university in NSW for graduate employer satisfaction. Join us as we shape the future of Western Sydney.

About the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Western Sydney Local Health District  

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is a national leader in nursing and midwifery education, research and scholarship, with one of the largest preregistration nursing programs in Australia. We offer undergraduate (Bachelor of Midwifery) and postgraduate (Graduate Diploma of Midwifery) programs leading to eligibility for registration as a midwife and a range of industry informed postgraduate, honours and higher degree research programs.

The School has a strong national and international research profile with strengths in acute and complex care, ageing and aged care, health education and workforce, oral health, mental health; and women’s, children’s and family health. There is a strong program of midwifery research in the school that is nationally and internationally renowned. The School is highly ranked internationally, ranking in the Top 50 in the World for Nursing in the QS World University Rankings by subject and Shanghai University Rankings by Academic Subjects in 2023.

Western Sydney Local Health District

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is a leader in clinical services, research and education, WSLHD provides a diverse range of public healthcare to more than 946,000 residents in Sydney’s west as well as services to those outside the catchment from specialty state-wide centres of expertise. The LHD is responsible for delivering and managing $1.7 billion in public healthcare across more than 120 suburbs spanning 780 square kilometres in the Blacktown, The Hills Shire, Cumberland and Parramatta local government areas (LGAs).

One of 15 local health districts (LHDs) in the NSW Health system, WSLHD is one of the State’s fastest growing areas with more than 1.3 million residents estimated by 2031. The community comes from diverse economic, social, and cultural backgrounds providing a rich environment to develop and implement innovative models of healthcare, research, infrastructure and new ways of doing business.

About You and the Role  

Western Sydney University (WSU) School of Nursing and Midwifery (SoNM) and Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) are seeking vibrant and innovative applicants to apply for the position of Post Doctoral Fellow.  

This position will work closely with the Clinical Chair in Midwifery at Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital. The successful applicant will be principally responsible for supporting and developing research and translation of research evidence into practice and models of care in WSLHD.  

Skills and Experience

The successful applicant will also be expected to support midwifery research through successful applications for competitive grants and other sources of funding.  The incumbent will be responsible for liaising with WSLHD staff, academic and industry partners, health professionals and publishing in high quality journals.

Please note, to be successful in obtaining this position, you will be required to complete health, police and ID checks in line with applicable NSW Health policy and WSLHD guidelines.

Working with Children Check:

It is a mandatory requirement for any incumbent of this position to have a current NSW Employee Working with Children Clearance in accordance with the NSW Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

The position will be based at Blacktown Hospital with the expectation of travel to other WSLHD sites/University campuses where required.


Western Sydney University highly values equity and inclusiveness. We have a proud history of doing so and consider this an important part of our social and civic responsibilities as a University. We strive to contribute to tackling inequalities and promoting wellbeing within our own institution, the Greater Western Sydney region, nationally and internationally.


Western Sydney University has long been identified as a University of the people. We value the contributions made by our staff and recognise that they underpin the enablement of our mission and values. In return, we offer: 

  • 17% super contributions
  • Inclusive culture
  • Salary Packaging options

Remuneration Package: Academic Level C $159,423 to $182,877 p.a. (comprising Salary of $134,850 to $154,896 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)

For further information including selection criteria, please refer to the attached Position Description.  

Position Enquiries: To arrange a confidential discussion, please contact Professor Hannah Dahlen, Associate Dean, Research and HDR via

Closing Date: 8:30 pm, Sunday 22 October 2023

Working Rights in Australia - Eligibility 

You must provide evidence of your fulltime working rights in Australia for the full term of the appointment at time of application

Note - Only those applications submitted via the WSU online recruitment system will be accepted.