Research Fellow in Health Equity

Sydney, Australia
11 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
18 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health

Centre for Disability Research and Policy - Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in data analysis
  • Full-time role, fixed term for three years

About the opportunity 

An exciting opportunity exists for a talented early career researcher with high level quantitative skills to join the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (

The first research centre of its kind internationally, the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) will gather the evidence on the social determinants of health needed to guide social and health policy reform with the explicit intent of improving the health of working-age Australians with disabilities.  The CRE-DH has a strong focus on applying a health equity lens to studying the social determinants of health of persons with disabilities. The CRE-DH involves researchers from across Australia and internationally with expertise in public health, epidemiology, health economics, health and social policy, psychology, and public administration. At the University of Sydney, the CRE-DH is led by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn (Professor of Family and Disability Studies) at the University of Sydney. Professor Anne Kavanagh (Chair of Disability and Health) of the University of Melbourne is lead CI on the CRE-DH at the University of Melbourne.

We are seeking an experienced and dedicated quantitative social or health scientist to join our multidisciplinary team as a Research Fellow to analyse national administrative, survey, and spatial data related to mapping and better understanding the social, economic, spatial and health inequities experienced by people with disabilities. You will conduct analysis of large scale national administrative and survey data sets and work closely with Australian Bureau of Statistics officers and spatial fellows in accessing, identifying and analysing relevant data sets and indicators. You will also contribute to the development of a monitoring framework to track progress in reducing inequities over time. There will also be an opportunity to work closely with the other work programs within the CRE-DH and contribute secondary analyses of cross-sectional survey data.

Being part of this team will provide you with unique training and mentorship opportunities to become a leading quantitative researcher in the field of disability and health. People with a lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply.

You will be supervised by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn who is Director of Centre for Disability Research and Policy ( which is a university centre currently housed at the Faculty of Health Sciences, with strong links to the School of Public Health and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy with which it will be co-located in 2019. The centre brings together the University’s leading research expertise in disability to create greater theoretical and empirical understanding of disability and to improve policy decision making.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. We see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a researcher who has:

  • a PhD in quantitative social or health sciences (e.g. epidemiology, demography, biostatistics, geography, psychology)
  • knowledge of social determinants of health and health equity
  • demonstrated expertise in analysis of large complex data sets (e.g., administrative data, national surveys) including linked national data
  • track record in international peer-reviewed scientific publications and other research outputs such as reports
  • experience in working productively in multi-disciplinary research team
  • a track record in multi-strategy dissemination of research findings (desirable)
  • evidence of capacity to attract external funding (desirable)
  • knowledge of national survey and administrative data on disability (desirable)

You will have a strong commitment to equity in health and to improving the social, economic and health outcomes of people with disabilities.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 18 May 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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