Research Fellow in Macquarie University’s Centre of Health Economy

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
03 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Work with leading academics and a very successful industry-connected research centre
  • Innovative and supportive environment
  • Full-time, 3-year fixed-term


The Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE), in collaboration with the Health Market Quality program of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre, is looking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher for a 3 year term to conduct collaborative research on the Health Economy that will impact the way healthcare is delivered in Australia.

We are looking for candidates that have a strong background in economics, public health, bio statistics or health with proven strengths in data science.

About Macquarie University

Macquarie University is a workplace like no other. From our inception we have crossed traditional boundaries. We developed the first electronic calculator for the blind, wireless internet technology and the Macquarie Dictionary. We were the first university in Australia to introduce childcare on campus and the first to appoint a female Vice-Chancellor. We were founded to be different, and we have always been at the forefront of changes to the way we work, live and learn.

We are recognized globally as one of Australia’s leading research universities. We recently earned a 5-star rating in the QS World Rankings, including the highest rating for employability. We have been among the top-rated employers in the Australian Workplace Employers Index since it was founded 2010. We are, definitively, a world-class university for students and staff. We're investing heavily in new buildings, courses and staff, and collaborating with businesses here and around the world including Cochlear Ltd, Intel and the CSIRO.

The Centre for the Health Economy

The Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) has been established to undertake detailed research on health, ageing and human services. The aim is to provide government, business, not-for-profit organisations with innovative, independent and applied research, which can be used to inform debate, assist decision-making, and formulate strategy and policy.

Our primary area of interest is investigating the Health Economy at the macro level, with particular focus on the interdependencies of these systems with each other, and the broader economy. This includes investigating factors that impact the health and wellbeing of populations.

Our focus areas for research include:

  • Financing and system structures
  • Mental health care
  • Disability and aged care
  • eHealth
  • Medical R&D
  • Medical technology

We are also undertaking research across multiple focus areas, such as improving choice in health and human services.

In undertaking our research, we work collaboratively across the University, including the Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Human Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, including the world renowned Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI). We also engage with industry and government partners that are committed to funding independent research in the health economy.

Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC)

The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (, is one of the world's leading independent research and development centres that specialises in the application of advanced data sciences to finance and health markets across four continents.  CMCRC partners with many leading universities and major corporate and government organisations, with the objective of translating research findings into tangible business benefits.  CMCRC also has a very successful track record in commercialising spin-off businesses.

The Health Market Quality (HMQ) R&D program of the CMCRC representing a collaboration between 10 universities and 9 private and public health organisations that touch 60% of Australia’s $150bn p.a. health spend.  It currently has a cohort of 30 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.  During 2016, this program has won two significant awards:

  • Excellence in Innovation award from the CRC Association; and
  • Data Innovation in Health & Medical Research Award from Research Australia.

The Role:

We are seeking a talented postdoctoral researcher to conduct and participate in collaborative research on the Health Economy that will impact public debate in the way healthcare is delivered in Australia.   This includes research for the purposes of informing policy, publishing in leading academic journals, translational research, and research sponsored by government, business and not-for-profit organisations.

The successful candidate will:

  • Undertake, manage and report on collaborative research projects with the Health Market Quality Program of CMCRC across a number of faculties, disciplines, enterprises.
  • Independently develop a stream of research that produces high quality journal articles acceptable to A and A* journals.
  • Independently seek Category 2 and 3 funding from government and non-government organisations by developing relationships, promoting research ideas, and writing research proposals.
  • Continually seek to develop skills, experience, and research impact, with the objective of becoming a leading expert in a specific field of research, both domestically and internationally over time.
  • Contribute to public relations and Centre branding activities including academic conferences, Thought Leadership events, print and social media, and training programs delivered to external parties.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the health economy in Australia and Internationally to help continuously refine the Centre’s research strategy over time.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • PhD in economics, public health, bio statistics or health from a leading university.
  • Outstanding academic record with experience in conducting academic research.
  • Proven teamwork and relationship building skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Has made an independent and original contribution to research.
  • Has provided leadership in research, including training and supervision.

Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Australian (or similar international) health care systems.
  • Strong data science skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and ability to work to deadlines.
  • Proven record of research independence.
  • Able to commence with minimal delay.

Salary Package:

Salary will be subject to qualifications and experience. It will range from Level A, Step 6 ($85,845 p.a.) to Level A, Step 8 ($92,000 p.a.) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type:

Full-time, Fixed-term for a period of up to 3 years, the candidate will be splitting their time between MUCHE and CMCRC, spending 2 days at MUCHE and 3 days at CMCRC.

To be considered for this position, please address the selection criteria above and attach as a separate document in the application process.

Specific Role Enquiries:  Ashley Soytemiz on

Applications close: Friday, 2 December 2016 at 11:55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.