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Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Voice Research Laboratory

Camperdown, Australia
$118,390 p.a plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

Job Details

  • Opportunity in the University of Sydney Voice Research Laboratory to work on 3 fully funded projects: A 15 year retrospective file audit of SLP assessment of treatment of voice disorders; development of a new laryngeal disorders database; and a clinical trial in vocal rehabilitation post phono-surgery.
  • Located in Faculty of Medicine and Health, Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time fixed term for 3 years with base salary $118,390 p.a plus 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is the largest health faculty in Australia, consisting of seven schools, 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 19th in the world for health (T.H.E. World University Rankings 2024).

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level B) to work as part of a well-established research team in the Dr Liang Voice Program, with ongoing collaboration with a range of international research partners. The successful applicant will be a qualified Speech -Language Pathologist (SLP) primarily based in the Voice Research Laboratory at the University of Sydney working directly with A/Prof Cate Madill and A/Prof Daniel Novakovic. The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate strong leadership, commitment, and initiative, as well as excellent writing and analytical skills, a strong knowledge of human voice anatomy, physiology, voice disorder, assessment and treatment, and experience of conducting survey-based and clinical research. Other essential criteria include the capacity to successfully meet deadlines and work effectively as part of a collaborative team. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with patients with voice disorders and a PhD in assessment and/or treatment of voice disorders.

Your responsibilities will be:

  • Analyse and publish data from a large clinical SLP data-base (year 1)
  • conduct a Delphi process to establish what data should be collected to create a national laryngeal disorders database in ENT/SLP.(year 2)
  • collaborate and advise with the DLVP team, external contractors and other stakeholders to build and establish a laryngeal data base in ENT/SLP.(year2-3)
  • conduct a clinical research project based across multiple sites to investigate the outcomes of a voice rehabilitation program post phono-surgery. (year 3)
  • support other research activities in the program including AI for the early detection of voice disorder, development and implementation of an international consensus case history questionnaire
  • apply for internal, external and Category 1 grants
  • assist with the supervision of PhD and honours students
  • present the outcomes of this work at national and international conferences and publish in relevant quality journals
  • have the opportunity to maintain clinical skills in voice assessment via participation in monthly interdisciplinary voice assessment clinics
  • contribute to, and participate in, the delivery of the DLVP continuing Education program and University of Sydney SLP voice disorders curriculum.

About you:

  • Relevant SLP tertiary qualifications, including a PhD in a relevant area such as voice disorders, voice assessment and treatment of voice disorders
  • an understanding of human laryngeal anatomy and physiology, voice disorders (essential) and voice disorder assessment and treatment (desirable)
  • experience in conducting surveys and interviews for the formulation of clinical models and/or pathways
  • data analysis methods pertinent to survey and clinical research
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective collaborative working relationships
  • excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • demonstrated ability to manage workflows, multiple complex projects and meet deadlines
  • experience in collecting voice assessment and treatment outcomes is desirable
  • experience in successful grant funding applications.

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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.

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.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

Please ensure your application includes a detailed cover letter addressing the selection criteria listed below-


  • Outline your experience in voice anatomy and physiology, voice disorders, assessment and treatment of voice disorders.
  • Outline your experience in conducting surveys and interviews for the formulation of clinical models and/or pathways.
  • Outline the key data analysis methods pertinent to survey and clinical research
  • What methods to you employ to manage workflows, multiple complex projects and meet deadlines
  • Outline your experience in collecting voice assessment and treatment outcomes is desirable. (if relevant)

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Monday 17 June 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.

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