Senior Research Fellow in Health

Randwick, Australia
22 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia‚Äôs leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Australia that is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct high quality research and related activities that increase the effectiveness of treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm. The Drug Trends program at NDARC monitors drug markets including the price, purity and availability of illicit drugs; analyses indicator data reflecting drug-related harm; facilitates rapid, local detection of new drug trends; and provides responsive, timely drug trend information to assist policy decision-makers.

About the role

  • Salary Level A$123K - $141K per year (plus 17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • Fixed Term to 30 June 2019 with strong possibility of renewal
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

This is a new opportunity to be at the forefront of drug trends research nationally and internationally. The Drug Trends program analyses trends in the use of illicit drugs and monitors new and emerging drugs of concern. With the extensive support and research culture at NDARC, this role provides the opportunity to lead the program, develop new initiatives, and develop and maintain a strong collaborative focus with policy-makers, and other end-users of drug trends. The successful applicant will coordinate the program of research, develop new research grants, mentor and supervise research staff and PhD students, and work closely with state and federal policy makers to ensure the Drug Trends program is responsive to policy needs.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in epidemiology, public health, statistics, or other quantitative discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, statistical analysis of complex samples survey data
  • Demonstrated experience in alcohol or other drug research or a related public health field, as reflected by peer-reviewed publications and/or grants
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience in supervision, mentorship and team leadership
  • Strong organisational skills with proven ability to meet deadlines, demonstrate effective time management and adapt to changing priorities
  • Demonstrated experience in supervision and mentorship including post-graduate student supervision

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.


Professor Alison Ritter


T: (61 2) 9385 0236

Applications close: Monday 16th October, 2017