Research Fellow in Medicine and Health Sciences

Sydney, Australia
25 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing the Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

In Macquarie’s newly established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences you’ll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care.  Home to the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is an internationally leading health services research facility. AIHI is located within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and brings together three well-known, leading and highly successful Macquarie University research centres that work in the separate but related areas of clinical governance, implementation science, health informatics, health services and health systems and safety.

AIHI has experienced rapid growth and we anticipate this will continue in the foreseeable future. AIHI is a multidisciplinary environment and operates with a philosophy of teamwork and mutual professional support and respect. We have a strong environment for excellent scholarship, research activities and output. 

The Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, one of the core research centres within AIHI has a multi-stream program of research which focuses on investigating health services and patient outcomes and safety.  The Centre has particular expertise in evaluating the use of information technologies and electronic health records in supporting improved health care delivery and health outcomes.  The Centre’s research team is very multi-disciplinary and applies a broad range of multi-method research techniques, from RCT designs to direct observational studies of clinical work.

The Role:

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Research Fellow to manage a new research project which will investigate the effectiveness of an organisational interventional program in hospitals to reduce unprofessional and bullying behaviours among staff. The successful candidate will be required to provide project co-ordination of a range of research activities across multiple hospital sites in different states. They will participate in refining the design of studies, data collection tools and data analysis strategies.  The research fellow will take an active role in supporting steering group meetings and the preparation of presentations and publications. 

This position is based at Macquarie University but may require work at study sites across Australia from time to time.

Instructions for applicants:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Respond to the selection criteria below and then upload the response as a separate document during the online application process.
  • Indicate whether they prefer a full-time (100%) or part-time (%) appointment.

Selection Criteria:


  • PhD (in a relevant field)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with experience liaising with healthcare staff and patients, and effective teamwork skills
  • Demonstrable project management skills, and skills in the design and execution of health care evaluation/intervention studies
  • Experience in the preparation of ethics applications, and in post-approval protocol management and reporting requirements
  • Experience in the preparation of grant applications
  • Good understanding of the Australian acute care hospital sector
  • Good research track record with peer-reviewed publications and presentations
  • Experience with successful research student supervision

Note: This position requires a valid Working with Children Check Clearance for NSW and a criminal record check. Qualification checks are also required.

Salary Package:

Research Fellow (Level B) base salary $99,879 - $118,174 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rata rates apply for part-time appointments.

Appointment type: Full-time or part-time fixed-term position, for 2 years.

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Johanna Westbrook, Director, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Australian institute of Health Innovation at  

General Recruitment Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic at

Applications Close:  11:55pm on Sunday, 15 October 2017

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Please note the AIHI building is wheelchair accessible. Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; 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.

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