Research Fellow in Health

Randwick, Australia
08 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s 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 Centre for Social Research in Health is based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney. The Centre has made major contributions to Australia’s response to hepatitis C, HIV and sexual health. With 34 staff (16 academic staff, 10 research officers and 8 professional staff shared jointly with the Social Policy Research Centre), the Centre is highly regarded for the quality of the research undertaken, its multidisciplinary approach, and its engagement with communities most affected by blood borne viruses. The work of the Centre informs policy and practice both nationally and internationally.

About the role

  • $103,047-$121,478 per annum, plus 17% Superannuation and  leave loading
  • Fixed Term for 3 years
  • Full-time

This Research Fellow position links to a new research program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (at the Centre for Social Research in Health) which undertakes qualitative and ethnographic research to explore: (a) the translation and implementation of health interventions into practice, and (b) the use and making of evidence as part of this process. The substantive focus of this program of research will be externally-funded qualitative and social science research on: the dynamics and effects of implementing biomedical innovations and new treatments into practice; and the practices of clinical trials and other forms of intervention research regarding how these produce evidence and inform intervention translation. The position therefore requires expertise in qualitative research methods combined with social science methods and theories more broadly.     

The primary focus of post is to develop and undertake qualitative and/or ethnographic research, including: design; concept development; literature review; managing research ethics; liaison with research, policy and community project partners; data generation; data coding, management and analyses; and writing for commissioned reports and for articles in scholarly journals. This work will also involve assisting with the development of proposals for external grant funding.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent) and relevant research experience in a social science discipline (sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies)
  • Demonstrated interest in using social science theories (sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies), ideally in a health research context
  • Demonstrated experience in peer-reviewed publication in the social sciences
  • Have experience in qualitative or ethnographic research, including data analysis, and ideally in the field of health research
  • Have capacity for self-directed project management, data generation and analysis, and an ability to work to agreed timelines
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with academics from other disciplines and communicate findings to policy-makers or practitioners

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

* Interviews to be held Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th February 2018


Dr Kari Lancaster or Professor Carla Treloar

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T: (61 2) 9385 6776

Applications close: Friday 16th February 2018