Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Newcastle (Suburb), Hunter Region (AU)
22 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Faculty of Health and Medicine
Centre for Brain and Mental Health
Job Ref No: 3260

About UON

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle (UON) has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within our regions, throughout Australia and across the globe. This is an exciting time to be part of the University of Newcastle as we embark on our NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025. We are building on strong foundations to realise our 2025 vision to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future for our regions through innovation and impact. Being part of a university on the move gives our people the opportunity to really make a mark in their chosen field.

About the opportunity

As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow you will provide high level research support on the NHMRC Global Alliance Chronic Disease funded trial: Indigenous Counselling and Nicotine (ICAN) QUIT in Pregnancy.

The project addresses an issue of utmost importance to public health – tobacco smoking in pregnant Indigenous women. By addressing smoking among Indigenous women during pregnancy, a single intervention could help prevent disease in two people – mother and child – and make significant inroads into tackling the health disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. ICAN Quit in Pregnancy is designed to increase smoking cessation rates among expectant Indigenous mothers, by providing training and feedback for healthcare providers at Aboriginal Medical Services in the delivery of culturally competent evidence-based smoking cessation care.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Oversee the day-to-day management of the ICAN Quit in Pregnancy trial, under the supervision of the trials chief investigators.
  2. Prepare research publications, within the context of a large investigator and partner team.
  3. Assist with the general research activities of the wider team, which may include involvement in other research projects, publications, grant applications, and supervision of students.

We aim to provide an environment that will assist the Postdoctoral Research Fellow's independent career development and in building their track record for future external fellowship and grant opportunities.

This position is offered as either an Academic Level A or Level B, on a full-time (part-time may be considered), three year fixed-term contract basis.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role, you will have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or equivalent in a related field of science, eg, behavioural science, public health, epidemiology, community health, nursing, social science, psychology, medicine (PhD candidates who have submitted their PhD and awaiting conferral may be considered) and demonstrated experience in management of Randomised Controlled Trials.

For the full selection criteria for a Level A and B, please refer to the position description, which can be accessed below.

Academic Level A or B: $64,804 to $109,933 per annum plus 9.5% superannuation.

Please note: In accordance with the University's Staff Selection Guidelines, your application will be assessed on the selection criteria found at the link below. It is essential that you address each of the criteria to enable the selection committee to properly assess your application and suitability for interview.

Applications close: Friday 31 March 2017.

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