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Research Associate / Research Fellow - Mental and Physical Health Self Management

Camperdown, Australia
$83,454 - $140,586 (pro-rata) + 17% superannuation
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

Job Details

  • Full Time (or part time) fixed term contract until 30/05/2026 at Central Clinical School
  • Opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary team working for better mental and physical health outcomes for people experiencing psychosis and other complex mental health conditions
  • Base Salary for Level A $83,454 - $112,462 (pro-rata) or for Level B $118,390 - $140,586 (pro-rata) + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Sydney Medical School established 1856, aims to improve health through education, research and clinical care. The Sydney Medical School is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney which is home to the largest and most comprehensive assembly of health research in the Asia Pacific. It conducts cutting-edge research across the full spectrum of health and medical knowledge, from the medical sciences through to clinical medicine, public health, and medical education.

The Central Clinical School supports a wide range of teaching and research activities for Medicine. The Clinical School staff support or lead, clinical and public health research.

We are seeking a Research/Postdoc Research Associate or a Research Fellow to join a growing research team led by Dr Alyssa Milton and Professor Nick Glozier to support two National Category 1 Grant projects that are using co-design, hybrid implementation and effectiveness trialling to support physical and mental health self-management programs for people experiencing psychosis and other complex mental health conditions.

The incumbent will help coordinate and undertake data collection, clinical trials, data interpretation and development of publications.

The incumbent will be expected to apply and develop their expertise in conducting research. They will conduct research and/or scholarly activities under the limited supervision of the team leader and other senior academic staff, either independently or as part of a research team.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

For level A Postdoctoral Research Associate (Research Only)

  • work closely with the team leader and other chief investigators of the NHMRC and MRFF projects
  • to work independently and as part of the research team, to undertake mixed methods research, including data collection, analysis and writing up of results
  • to undertake qualitative and quantitative research field work independently, with possible trips to QLD and Victoria over 2 years
  • assist in the development and publication of a systematic scoping review
  • assist to coordinate the project investigator meetings, workshops and group meetings
  • assist in all activities related to conduct of the research including in the reviewing and updating of research protocols and related documents, and in coordinating reporting to human research ethics committees
  • assist to build and maintain strategic relationships by liaising, consulting, and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders to identify key issues as they relate to the research activities and help developing effective solutions to challenges that arise

For level B - Research Fellow (in addition to the above)

  • co-ordinate or lead the activities of other staff as appropriate to the role
  • co-ordinate or lead research implementation as appropriate to the role
  • co-ordinate or lead research dissemination as appropriate to the role.

About you

Level A Postdoctoral Research Associate (Research Only)

  • hold a research Masters or a PhD in a relevant discipline
  • have at least 2 years of demonstrated experience working in a research role with a comparable level of responsibility
  • proven experience developing and contributing to research evidence by producing original, high quality and independent research
  • demonstrated ability to perform qualitative data analyses
  • proven ability to communicate effectively across a range of forums
  • proven experience in the development of academic manuscripts or report writing
  • demonstrated accuracy, attention to detail and highly organized, with the ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands
  • strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • some demonstrated expertise in physical and/or mental health non-pharmacological interventions in mental health services

For level B - Research Fellow (in addition to the above)

  • deep expertise in physical and/or mental health non-pharmacological interventions in mental health services
  • strong experience in co-design and implementation science
  • experience running research studies and/or clinical trials

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.

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 reasons for 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 30 April 2024 11:59 PM


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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