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Research Fellow / Research Associate (PostDoc), Faculty of Medicine and Health

Westmead, Australia
$86,584 to $145,858 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

Job Details

  • Part-time 0.6 FTE Fixed Term Contract for 22 months role till June 2026 with possible extension for another year
  • Outstanding opportunity to provide research expertise in Level A/B qualitative research role working closely with health professionals 
  • Research Area / Discipline: Implementation Research, health services and education research  
  • Base Salary starting from Level A - $86,584- $116,679 Level B $122,830- $145,858 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

This position is within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney as part of the MRFF Genomics Health Futures Mission funded 'PRECISE' (Practitioner Readiness, Education and Capabilities, with Implementation Science Evaluation) Genomics Research Project, led by Dr Alan Ma.

This project aims to co-design genomics resources to support primary care, with an implementation science approach to improve capacity for genomics in the primary healthcare sector. PRECISE has a strong team of researchers based at the University of Sydney (Daffodil Centre, Primary Care network and Postgraduate and professionals' education research, Children's Hospital Westmead clinical school and Specialty of Genomic Medicine), industry, health policy, and the primary care sector and is an innovative approach to capacity building and research in this sector.

We are seeking to recruit for a Research Fellow Level B / Research Associate Level A /Postdoc Research Associate Level A, with experience in qualitative research methods in clinical settings, such as health services, co-design, and education research. It would suit a postdoctoral researcher from a health services, medical, public health, or genetics background, who is excited and interested about developing expertise in coordinating a multidisciplinary research program. This will involve collaboration with partners in primary care, genomics, education, and implementation science.

This position will be actively contributing to the PRECISE research activities with particular focus on genetic education co-design and evaluation, primary care stakeholder engagement, and implementation science research. The candidate will be involved in designing research protocols, drafting and submitting ethics applications, undertaking core aspects of qualitative research work, and contributing to analysis and presentation of findings. They will collate and record research data from qualitative interviews, draw insights and analyses with an implementation science focus, and report information from the research undertaken. They will help drive the development of our genomic education and evaluation program, providing support to junior members of the team, striving for success in further competitive funding and publications.

Note: Hybrid-Flexible working prospects can be further discussed with your manager based on the requirements of the role, if you are successful for the role.

Your key responsibilities will be to: Level B

  • conduct original research independently and as part of a team, to fulfil the aims of the PRECISE project
  • engaging with consumer and primary care stakeholders with interviews, focus groups and surveys to evaluate their genomic education needs, and implementation barriers and needs
  • assisting in co-design of genomic education resources, and evaluation of these with consumers and primary care stakeholders
  • engaging in implementation science research to evaluate the practitioner, health system, and patient level needs, gaps, and enablers for building genomic capabilities in the primary care sector
  • publish research papers and other research outputs such as conference and research event presentations
  • organize and contribute to PRECISE project-related team meetings, workshops, public events, and training sessions
  • write and submit ethics applications and research grant proposals

Your key responsibilities will be to: Level A

  • conduct research and/or scholarly activities under the limited supervision of senior academic staff, either independently or as part of the PRECISE team
  • assist with engagement with consumer and primary care stakeholders with interviews, focus groups and surveys to evaluate their genomic education needs, and implementation barriers and needs
  • assist in co-design of genomic education resources, and evaluation of these with consumers and primary care stakeholders
  • contribute to implementation science research to evaluate the practitioner, health system, and patient level needs, gaps, and enablers for building genomic capabilities in the primary care sector
  • coordinate activities with other academic and clinical staff within the team
  • assist in preparation of research publications, talks and presentations, grant proposals and ethics applications

About you

  • PHD in a relevant health related discipline (such as qualitative health research, implementation science, health services research, genetics, genetic counselling, public health or primary care)
  • Masters in research, public health, implementation science, medical education and genetics, will be considered too.
  • background in genetics, genomics, implementation science, and/or education evaluation will be considered favourably
  • proven experience conducting original research and engaging in scholarly activity.
  • demonstrated skills in management and analysis of qualitative data from stakeholder engagement, interviews, focus groups, and surveys of patients and clinicians
  • experience in academic publications
  • demonstrated experience writing and submitting ethics applications

Note: The successful appointment on the Level of the role A OR B will be dependent on the decision of the hiring area based on skills assessment and experience criteria.

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 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.

Working with Children Check clearance

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 25 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.

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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