Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psycho-social BSU

Sydney, Australia
13 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Women's and Children's Health

UNSW Medicine

  • 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 School of Women’s & Children’s Health (SWCH) is comprised of the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Statistics Unit (NPESU). The Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU) conducts research studies that cover all psycho-social, behavioural and nutritional aspects of paediatric cancer. The BSU is based at, and supported by, the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital. Our team is multidisciplinary, with representation from psychology, dietetics, paediatric oncology/haematology, social work, nursing, bereavement counselling, behavioural sciences, and exercise physiology. 

About the role

  • $73,597 - $98,127 plus 9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term for 12 months
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of several research studies which involve psycho-social aspects of children with cancer and their families. The position will involve completing research tasks related to these studies, supervising research assistants and students, overseeing collection, interpretation and preparation of data for manuscript submission and some general office management. The position will be located at Sydney Children’s Hospital (Randwick), with the possibility of travel to other clinical sites. The role of the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow reports to the Professor of the Behavioural Sciences Unit.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with particular emphasis on oral communication with research participants, with high level academic writing skills
  • Previous experience providing research support for studies in a health-related field, particularly in the area of psycho-oncology
  • Knowledge of evidence-based psychology practice for the range of psychological disorders and problematic issues commonly occurring in children with cancer and their families
  • A PhD in Psychology or related field

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.


Claire Wakefield, PhD, Professor of Behavioural Sciences Unit


T: (61 2) 9382 3113

Applications close: 25th March 2018

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