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Research Fellow, Indigenous Health Equity

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

Job Details

Job no: 0053115
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full Time; Fixed term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences 
School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Salary: Level B – $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to research addressing urgent public health issues, particularly intergenerational trauma and health equity improvement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Lead innovative and transformational research in a mission-focused, collaborative environment.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

As a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Melbourne's Indigenous Health Equity Unit, you will actively participate in a research program addressing public health challenges, including intergenerational trauma and health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Responsibilities include data collection and analysis, conducting research on intergenerational trauma, publishing high-quality papers, engaging in knowledge translation activities, and demonstrating leadership while collaborating effectively with external stakeholders and adhering to occupational health and safety standards. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Evaluation of participatory action research implementation studies
  • Engaging in research on intergenerational trauma, mixed methods research, and strategies for improving Indigenous health equity.
  • Producing high-quality publications, contributing to research proposals, supervising junior staff, and presenting research findings at academic and non-academic forums.
  • Collaborating with external stakeholders and actively participating in community and professional activities related to Indigenous health research.

Who We Are Looking For

You will demonstrate significant research experience in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health. You will demonstrate expertise in trauma-informed approaches that enable you to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders and implement impactful research programs. You will also demonstrate proficiency in data analysis software and experience in evaluating public health interventions.

You will also have:

  • PhD or equivalent expertise in public health or related field.
  • Demonstrated research experience in public health and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health, including translational activities.
  • Proficiency in data collection and statistical analysis, utilising quantitative and qualitative analysis software.
  • High-level written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to engage with stakeholders from diverse environments.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health is a world-class institution that offers an exciting opportunity to make a real difference in the field of public health. As the first school of its kind in Australia, MSPGH has built a reputation for excellence in education, research, and knowledge exchange, with a focus on Indigenous peoples. Strong collaborations with prestigious organizations and institutions provide a unique opportunity to contribute to global health initiatives. As a key member of the MSPGH team, you will have the chance to work alongside leading academics and researchers who bring considerable skills, insights, and expertise. The School offers a range of coursework degrees and research opportunities to contribute to training the next generations of public health specialists and researchers nationally and internationally.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Katherine Robertson via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 12 December 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: 0053115_Research Fellow, Indigenous Health Equity_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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