Research Fellow in Health

Location
Sydney, Australia
Posted
12 May 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2018
Ref
503959
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

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In Macquarie's 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 (AIHI) 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.

Within AIHI, The Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS) has a successful track record of undertaking research and evaluation projects on health sector issues since 1991. Its core interest is to investigate issues of policy, governance and leadership in the health sector. It is involved in conducting original research into clinical governance issues, providing a scholarly capability by which to evaluate health sector policies, programs and projects, and contributing to undergraduate medical, postgraduate health services management, and public health and doctoral education.

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The Role

In partnership with the Melanoma Institute, Australia and the NHMRC-funded Centre for Clinical Excellence in Melanoma (CRE Melanoma), The Australian Institute for Health Innovation (AIHI) is seeking a Research Fellow, with a strong track-record to contribute to collaborative research projects with members of the CRE Melanoma on the implementation of melanoma services across Australian healthcare organisations.

Within the Implementation Science Stream at CHRIS, AIHI, the incumbent will be working closely with the Professor of Health Implementation Science and under the Directorship of the Founding Director of AIHI, with key project collaborators at The Melanoma Institute Australia and other melanoma research centres across the country. The incumbent will be expected to attend melanoma team meetings and will lead research examining implementation processes and outputs with CRE colleagues while helping to develop strong implementation strategies across melanoma studies.

The successful candidate will preferably have experience working in oncology or with oncology research data and will have a background in mixed-methods research within a health-related field e.g. health services, research medicine, medical humanities, medical anthropology, medical sociology or psychology. The candidate should have knowledge and understanding of implementation science, as well as an understanding of the principles belying the implementation of research evidence into clinical practice, with some experience of designing an implementation study.

Using implementation science’s theoretical frameworks, the incumbent will liaise with participating flagship organisations to undertake a wide range of research, that may include, but will not be limited to, designing qualitative and/or quantitative data collection and analysis, coding and reviewing mixed datasets, literature searching, service planning and process mapping and writing-up study outputs, clarifying working patterns in melanoma services, examining different service implementations, and co-designing new interventions with relevant stakeholders. The successful candidate will need to be able to write study reports, manage complex datasets and clearly explain work in progress and work completed to other members of the CRE and to external mixed stakeholder groups.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, applicants must provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria below along with their resume as part of the application process.

Essential Skills

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant health-related discipline e.g. health services research, medical sciences, medical anthropology, medical sociology or psychology
  • Experience of implementing research evidence into clinical practice
  • An understanding of Implementation Science
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to work with a range of stakeholders across healthcare including policy makers, hospital executives, clinicians, etc.
  • Demonstrated track record of contributing to peer reviewed publications in high quality journals
  • Evidence of capacity to secure future research grants
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to the academic life and administrative tasks of the broader workplace, with a track record of effective team work
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake field work activities, such as ethnographic observations, conducting interviews or managing focus groups
  • Evidence of providing expertise in the drafting of final reports including journal articles and technical reports
  • Evidence of capacity to present papers at conferences and workshops

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with successful research student supervision
  • Experience of working in oncology and knowledge of oncology research methods
  • Knowledge of Grounded Theory, Case Study and Ethnography.

Salary Package: From $99,879 to $118,174 (Level B) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full time, 2 year fixed term position

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Frances Rapport, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Australian Institute of Health Innovation: frances.rapport@mq.edu.au

General Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic at daniella.oreskovic@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: 11:55pm on Sunday, 10 June 2018

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); 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.