Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Inequities

Sydney, Australia
27 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health

Centre for Disability Research and Policy - Faculty of Health Sciences

Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking

  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in data management and analysis
  • Full-time role, fixed term for three years

About the opportunity 

The Faculty of Health Sciences is the largest health science faculty in Australia and is internationally recognized for quality and innovation in teaching and research. Disability and community research is one of the substantive research strengths within the faculty.

The National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) This is the first research centre of its kind internationally, the CRE-DH will gather the evidence needed to guide social and health policy reform with the explicit intent of improving the health of working-age Australians with disabilities. The CRE-DH involves researchers from across Australia and internationally with expertise in public health, social epidemiology, health economics, health and social policy, psychology, psychiatry and public administration. At the University of Sydney, the CRE-DH is led by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn. Professor Anne Kavanagh from the University of Melbourne is lead CI on the CRE-DH.

We are seeking a dedicated post-doctoral Research Fellow to join our multidisciplinary team to analyse national administrative and survey data related to mapping social, economic and health inequities for people with disabilities. You will work closely with the Australian Bureau of Statistics in accessing relevant data sets. You will also contribute to the development of a monitoring framework to track progress in reducing health inequities associated with disability over time. There will also be opportunities to contribute to other work programs within the CRE-DH.

You will be supervised by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn working closely with Professor Eric Emerson and Professor Roger Stancliffe at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney Being part of this team will provide you with unique training and mentorship opportunities to become a leading quantitative researcher in the field of health inequity. You will work as part of a large multidisciplinary research team. If applying as an early post-doctoral level (1-2 years post doctorate award) you would be encouraged to apply for an NHMRC or ARC post-doctoral fellowship. Over the course of the fellowship will develop your own program of research on disability and health with mentorship from senior researchers. You will apply for external funding to support your research. If applying as an early post-doctoral level (1-2 years post doctorate award) you would be encouraged to apply for an NHMRC or ARC post-doctoral fellowship. At the end of your contract you will be well placed to lead your own research program in the important, and emerging field, of disability and health.  People with a lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply. You will have a strong commitment to equity in health and to improving the social, economic and health outcomes of people in marginalised groups such as people with disabilities.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. We see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a researcher who has:

  • a PhD in social epidemiology, statistics of other relevant social science area as noted in description above (essential)
  • an emerging profile in public health research as it relates to disadvantaged groups (essential)
  • demonstrated expertise in analysis of large complex data sets (e.g., administrative data, national surveys) including linked data sets (essential)
  • knowledge of social service data sets (essential)
  • knowledge of national survey and administrative data on disability (desirable)
  • a track record in international peer-reviewed scientific publications and other research outputs (essential)
  • a track record in multi-strategy dissemination of research findings (desirable)
  • demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team across a range of backgrounds, to achieve project goals and meet agreed deadlines (essential)
  • a commitment to developing a track record in disability related research (essential)
  • capacity to supervise post-graduate students and junior research staff (essential)
  • track record in disability research and understanding of the daily lives of people with disabilities (desirable)
  • strong collaborations in the disability sector (desirable)
  • track record of higher degree research student supervision or co-supervision (desirable)

You will have a strong commitment to equity in health and to improving the social, economic and health outcomes of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Interstate travel is required and international travel may be required occasionally

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

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

Closing date: 11.30pm 24 July 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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