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Senior Research Fellow / Enterprise Fellow - Indigenous Health Equity

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 – $161,926
Closing date
17 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0061699
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time (Part-time candidates will also be considered for this position); Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population Health and Global Health; Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Onemda
Salary: Level B  - $114,645 – 136,136  or Level C - $140,433 - $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Coordinate research within an Aboriginal-led interdisciplinary team.
  • Contribute to innovative care strategies for a healthy start to life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
  • 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

The Enterprise Fellow – Indigenous Health Equity (IHE) will join the Indigenous Health Equity Unit within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health to focus on improving support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, with a particular emphasis on addressing intergenerational trauma. This role involves leading, developing, and managing a research program within an Aboriginal-led interdisciplinary team, collaborating with various stakeholders to ensure technical oversight of project activities and information flow.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to research activities, and information flow, as evidenced by successful delivery of project milestones.
  • Liaising and engaging with relevant consortium partners and others, with limited input and direction, provide high quality technical advice and support.
  • Directly overseeing the development, implementation and integration of all project activities, including protocol preparation, operational planning and implementation, supporting field staff, compliance with regulatory requirements, data management and analysis/reporting.
  • Supervising junior staff on all aspects of the research including ethics proposal, study design, project management, stakeholder involvement, conduct of research and preparation of academic and non-academic outputs.

Who We Are Looking For

You will bring your experience in both independent and collaborative work to achieve project goals within deadlines, along with your ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholder groups and maintain strong interpersonal relationships while valuing ethics and diversity. 

The position will require PhD qualifications in one or more of epidemiology, health or allied health (e.g. psychology, medicine, nursing/midwifery), quantitative social science or related disciplines. The successful applicant is expected to demonstrate high degree of responsibility, self-motivation and organisation and a passion for the research field.

You will also have:

  • Combination of education and relevant experience in a field such as public health, health systems, health service delivery, health promotion or health-related discipline.
  • Experience providing high-quality supervision to junior staff.
  • High-level project management skills.
  • Capacity to maintain and contribute to industry partnerships and collaborations including Indigenous communities and organisations, the government and non-government sector and a broad range of health professionals and organisations in order to successfully implement research activities.

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

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

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

Your New Team – Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Onemda

Commencing formally from January 2023, Onemda: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing is being established with an outstanding innovative and integrated teaching, research, policy development and program implementation agenda to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.  This will be underpinned by a strong foundation of deep respectful partnerships, collaboration and trust with Indigenous communities and organisations nationally and internationally, which enriches and nurtures authentic two-way learning and understanding, cultural integrity and capacity of students, graduates and staff. 

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 reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

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 Nick Petersen 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.

Position Description

Applications close: 17 Mar 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


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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