Research Fellow in Health

Townsville/Cairns/Darwin, Australia
13 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Position Overview

The Senior Research Fellow will be responsible for the effective coordination and day to day management of the National Health and Medical Research Council(NHMRC) funded Partnership project:Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practices: quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care (LEAP project). This project aims to improve the quality of Indigenous Primary Health Care through the application of systems thinking to work with services and overcome barriers to improvement and thus facilitate the success of quality improvement initiatives within a service. 

The Senior Research Fellow will manage ethics approval and recruitment processes, liaise with and support participating sites and oversee data collection; manage the project budget and generate financial reports; plan study site visits and field trips;organise timely team and stakeholder engagement; and evaluate the process, impact and outcomes of the LEAP project. The Senior Research Fellow will also supervise the research workers employed to work on the project across sites. Close liaison and cooperation with the team from the NHMRC Project grant, the WOMB project, will be required. 

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

College of Medicine and Dentistry

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Effective coordination of the project over a large geographical area and many organisations.
  2. Liaison between service staff, chief investigators, assistant investigators, external stakeholders and data managers.
  3. Oversee ethics approval and reporting processes and service recruitment.
  4. Organise project team and dissemination meetings.
  5. Support participating sites and oversee data collection at those sites.
  6. Assist in quantitative and qualitative data collection.
  7. Manage the project budget and generate financial reports for the project team, University and funders.
  8. Plan study site visits and field trips, organise timely team and stakeholder engagement and ensure timely delivery of outputs in line with project study proposal timeframes.
  9. In conjunction with the research team, conduct detailed case studies of LEAP health services in terms of the contextual factors influencing their response to Continuous Quality Improvement processes, then develop sets of tools and implement interventions to overcome barriers.
  10. In conjunction with the research officers, manage the dissemination of findings from the LEAP project including academic publications, conference presentations, final reporting, research translation and direct feedback to services, partners and policy makers.
  11. Evaluate the process, impact and outcomes of the LEAP project.
  12. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  13. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  14. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Senior Research Fellow is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Senior Research Fellow is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Senior Research Fellow is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct. 

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to travel which may include overnight stays.
  • It is a requirement of this position to work after hours on occasion.
  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a current ‘C’ class Queensland Drivers licence.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A postgraduate qualification and extensive research experience, or extensive experience and management expertise, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. A demonstrated ability to perform high level project management tasks.
  3. Excellent communication skills both written and oral with the ability to engage effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including Indigenous community organisations, government departments, academics and field researchers. Effective negotiation and relation management skills including team building.
  4. A knowledge of health services, and the higher education and research sector, including NHMRC and ARC systems, ethics requirements, code of conduct for research, and an understanding of the primary healthcare service sector. 
  5. High level organisational and time management skills; ability to work largely unsupervised and respond to competing priorities.
  6. High level analytical skills to assist in complex data analysis involving qualitative and quantitative data.
  7. Demonstrable understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care context.

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