Postdoctoral Research Associate in Implementation Science

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
22 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
Sydney School of Public Health
Reference no. 1933/1116

  • Join a collaborative and supportive research team
  • Two positions available
  • Full-time fixed term for 12 months, remuneration package: $82K-103K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. We employ over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC) is an NHMRC Partnership Centre which brings together researchers and policymakers to develop the knowledge and capacity needed for systems level approaches to do the prevention of chronic disease in Australia (www.prevention The other funding partners are the Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Ministry of Health, ACT Health, and the Research Foundation of the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia.

We are seeking to appoint two researchers to a project on implementation science to conduct qualitative interviews, ethnographic observation, analyse data and write up the results of a project investigating the monitoring of health promotion practice across NSW. You will share responsibility for in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation of how health promotion practitioners monitor what they do, use digital recording methods, and carry out the day-to-day business of integrating and adapting policies and programs.

You will be involved in the co-design and conduct of interviews, data analysis, feedback, interpretation and report writing. The research approach is flexible to the interests of participants. An interest in health promotion and organisational change theory and complex adaptive system thinking is an advantage. You will have a background in health promotion, disease prevention or anthropology with a demonstrated capacity and experience in qualitative research.  You will be located at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney although fieldwork will take place across metropolitan and rural regions of NSW and will involve some travel.

To succeed in securing this role you will have:

  • demonstrated experience in qualitative research
  • a track record in successful project completion
  • high level qualitative analysis skills
  • high level interpersonal skills in terms of (written and oral) communication and facilitating work with others; high level skills in organisation and collaboration with diverse people and groups
  • a relevant PhD with background health promotion, disease prevention or anthropology and a demonstrated capacity and experience in qualitative research
  • a track record in peer-reviewed publications
  • experience in working with a multidisciplinary team environment at a university.


  • experience and knowledge in working with programs in health, education, community services, or the environmentwhich prevent disease and promote health
  • demonstrated ability to conceptualise novel research questions in areas relevant to the project and to develop these into research protocols
  • experience in leading and submitting successful human research ethics applications.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

Closing date: 11pm 15 December 2016

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

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