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Senior Research Fellow, Department of Rural Health

Kalgoorlie, Australia
$134,904 - $155,293 (ALC) pro-rata plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
24 Jun 2024
  • $134,904 - $155,293 (ALC) pro-rata plus 17% superannuation
  • Fixed term (3 years), full-time or part-time | possibility of extension
  • Fantastic benefits and flexible working arrangements  

Full Job Description

Job reference: 12990

Opportunity Highlights

  • Flexible Working Arrangements: Choose from full-time, part-time, options to suit your lifestyle, based at our Kalgoorlie campus.
  • Competitive Remuneration: Earn between $134,904 - $155,293 (ALC) pro-rata, plus 17% superannuation and additional locality leave, personal loading allowances, and housing subsidy.
  • Empowering Role: Help contribute to the development of a new department embedded within the Goldfields.
  • Professional Growth: Develop your professional skills in a leading Australian University.

Your new role

We are looking for a talented and motivated Senior Research Fellow (SRF) to join our team and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of rural research. As an SRF, you will have the opportunity to engage in multifaceted work, including independent research aligned with the needs of our stakeholders, as well as collaborative efforts within our department and with national and international rural researchers.

In this role, you will be at the forefront of research leadership, providing valuable guidance in conceptualising, designing, and implementing research projects. Your expertise will be crucial in mentoring higher degree students and early career researchers, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in rural health and wellbeing, and making a tangible impact on policy and practice through scholarly publications.

If you are passionate about rural health and eager to make a difference, we invite you to join our dynamic team and contribute to meaningful research that positively impacts communities. This is your chance to be part of a collaborative and forward-thinking environment where your contributions will be valued and your expertise will help drive positive change.

Apply now and take the next step in your research career!

Selection Criteria

  • A doctoral qualification in relevant discipline.
  • An established record of research outputs in high-quality refereed academic journals/ consistent with the discipline.
  • Evidence of an established national reputation and growing international profile and a record of obtaining research income, including nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to lead major research initiatives, provide mentoring to less experienced staff and supervise HDR students.
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to foster the development of a collegial and supportive working environment and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this position.

Work Requirements

The role requires an academic with a proven body of rural health research. The position will be of interest to those with a health, social science, anthropological, or educational background.

  • Occupants of this position will be required to undertake a criminal record check in accordance with the University's Criminal Record Screening Procedure.
  • Interstate and/or overseas travel may be required.
  • Possess a current valid drivers licence  

If your qualifications or experience look different from what we've described above, but you feel your skills and potential are a match to the capabilities we need, please apply. We are looking for diversity in experience, thought and approach. This role is part of a progressive and supportive team. We support flexible work arrangements, working from home including and part-time options.

About us

Curtin University - Goldfields University Departments of Rural Health (GUDRH)

University Departments of Rural Health (also known as UDRHs) are academic centres based in rural and remote Australia.  Established in 2023, the Goldfields University Department of Rural Health (GUDRH) aims to strengthen the supply, capability, and impact of healthcare graduates in the Goldfields region and in doing so, help address healthcare disparities in our rural communities.

Operated by Curtin University in collaboration with the Western Australia Country Health Service and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations), GUDRH receives funding from the Department of Health and Aged Care under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program.

The GUDRH's focus is multifaceted and includes:

  1. Raising awareness of, and fostering access to, health science careers
  2. Providing enriching and positive rural placements for current health science students
  3. Supporting the enhancement of local health professionals’ capabilities, especially in the area of clinical supervision
  4. Conducting rurally relevant research
  5. Expansion of health science degrees and qualifications on offer at the Kalgoorlie Campus.

The activities of the GUDRH are underpinned by interprofessional learning to promote collaborative care practices, vital for maximising rural health care outcomes. The GUDRH also prioritises education in the area of Aboriginal health and wellbeing, culturally safe ways of working, and the place of traditional medicine, to help support improved health outcomes for Aboriginal communities.

As a recently established entity within Curtin University's Faculty of Health Sciences, the GUDRH is at a key point in its evolution. Our progressive and supportive team is part of a Faculty that educates more health professionals than any other Western Australian tertiary institution. The recruitment of suitably qualified, experienced, and dedicated teaching, academic, and professional staff is critical to our ongoing success.

For further details about the Faculty of Health Sciences, visit:

Why Choose Us?

We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Our Karlkurla (Kalgoorlie) campus is home to our newly established Goldfields University Department of Rural Health, and WA School of Mines.

  • Global Excellence: Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings.
  • Rewards Beyond Salary: Enjoy the perks of a generous superannuation contribution (17%) with cash out options*, locality allowance, customisable salary packaging benefits through Paywise; as well as Hotel and Health Insurance discounts.
  • Time Well-Spent: Experience the added value of 17.5% Leave Loading, with the option to be paid out or taken as additional leave. Benefit from Parental Leave (26 weeks for the primary caregiver), Annual Leave (20 days), Personal Leave (14 days), Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leave (5 days), Travel Leave (2 days), Study Leave, and Community Service Leave. Plus 18% more observed days off - enjoy 12 Public Holidays each year (including Easter Tuesday!), and 2 extra University Days over the Christmas/New Year Period (see EBA 51.1 and 51.9).
  • Recognition for Prior Service: Curtin recognises prior service for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be* eligible if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.

For more information about our university and benefits, please visit

To learn more about our Kalgoorlie campus please visit:

Join us!

Please provide a cover letter, your CV, and a separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted above) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

To view a copy of the Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

Applications close:  Monday, 24 June 2024, at 10:00 pm AWST

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin’s satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number.

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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