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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Health Sciences

Camperdown, Australia
$122,830 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
11 Mar 2024

Job Details

  • Full-time / 12-month fixed term contract
  • Opportunity to work alongside accomplished strategic leaders on bridging the gap in physical activity and diet support for breast cancer survivors
  • Base Salary starting from $122,830 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Health Sciences is the largest health sciences faculty in Australia, consisting of seven disciplines, five research themes (plus 3 cross-cutting themes), and four research centres. The School of Health Sciences is known for world-leading health sciences education and research. Our research ranks 'well above world class' (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5) and we rank 33rd in the world for health (T.H.E. World University Rankings 2015/16).

The University is seeking a Post Doctoral Research Fellow to work across a research program funded by investigator grants led by Professor Julie Redfern, the team is made up of investigators, post-doctoral research fellows and higher degree research students, along with affiliate investigators.

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide. Fortunately, advances in early-detection and treatment have proliferated 5-year survival rates (80-90%). In Australia, this means >200,000 women need long-term health support. Survivorship guidelines recommend 150-minutes of moderate physical activity per week and following a healthy diet to reduce risks of cancer recurrence, premature mortality and improve quality of life.

However, survivors only attend one oncology appointment per year and population wide health programs between appointments are limited. This study will fill the gap by testing a scalable, automated support strategy that continues care for breast cancer survivors between medical appointments via primary care.

Objective of this research is to evaluate effectiveness and implementation of EMPOWER-SMS in primary care for improving breast cancer survivors' physical activity and diet outcomes. EMPOWER-SMS will be effective at improving physical activity, diet and QOL, as breast cancer survival rates are high worldwide (estimated to be 80-90%). After treatment, leading a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet and regular exercise can lower risk of cancer returning. Unfortunately, health support is not widely available.

Overall aim is to expand our previous study and improve breast cancer survivors' exercise, healthy diet habits, quality of life and reduce risk of cancer returning. This scientific research project will test whether sending the automated text message program to breast cancer survivors via the family doctors is useful and effective in improving health.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Under the guidance of the Chief Investigator assist in all aspects of the research process, including planning, coordination, recruitment, data collection, data entry and analysis
  • tasks including, reviewing of research protocols and related documents as well as assists with writing Ethics Committee applications, research protocols and grants
  • effectively communicate, negotiate, and liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including study participants
  • collaboration and conference participation
  • complex ethics, data access approval processes and data management.
  • stakeholder engagement (government and non-government organisations and consumer groups)
  • preparation of results, visualisation and reporting of research to various audiences
  • development and participation in events
  • conduct research or scholarly activity (either independently or as part of a team)
  • develop and refine research skills and independent research under the supervision of more senior academic staff within the School (with an increasing degree of autonomy).

About you:

  • Experience in cancer-related research, or in applying research to cancer
  • experience in research in fields related to cancer and breast cancer
  • demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications in relevant areas
  • an interest in developing your capacity in cancer related research
  • ability to work in a multidisciplinary academic team, and independently
  • high-level planning and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise multiple tasks and set and meet deadlines
  • demonstrated ability to generate reproducible, high-quality research results
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • experience in a research-intensive environment or interest in teaching and working in academia
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • demonstrated ability to develop new techniques and use the latest technology in research project
  • excellent attention to detail with the demonstrated ability to work with a high level of accuracy.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus. Sydney Local Health District conditions of employment, including 2 doses of COVID vaccination, also apply.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

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.

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.

How to apply

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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