Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Medical Psychology

Sydney, Australia
19 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
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.

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations.  With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney, as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

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). Clinical academics in the School are located at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, St George and Bankstown Hospitals, with teaching contributions made in Paediatrics at the Sutherland, Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals.  The main administrative centre for the School is based at the Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

The Medical Psychology Research Program was established in 2010 at the Heart Centre for Children and UNSW Medicine. Our program is part of, and supported by, UNSW Sydney and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, including both The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. We focus on the issues that are important to infants, children, young people, adults and families to better understand the complex challenges posed by childhood heart disease (and other critical and chronic health conditions), and develop new and innovative ways of transforming these challenges.

About the role

  • $73K – $98K plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed term until 31 August 2019, with strong prospects for extension, subject to performance in the role and funding outcomes
  • Full-time

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of several research studies investigating psychological, neurobiological, developmental and/or social aspects of critical or chronic illness in childhood, particularly childhood heart disease.

The position will involve a range of research tasks related to these studies, as well as the implementation of specific assessment protocols, coordination of data collection and interpretation, assistance with manuscript preparation, supervision of research assistants and students, and general office management and research administration.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in Psychology or related field;
  • Previous experience providing research support for studies in a health-related field, particularly in the area of clinical, health or medical psychology research;
  • Knowledge of evidence-based psychology practice for the range of psychological disorders and challenges commonly experienced by children with serious medical illness and their families;
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed and work in a high-performing multidisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers;
  • Proven IT skills with knowledge and experience using research-related computer programs (such as SPSS, NVivo and Endnote).

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application. To apply, please submit your CV, publications list, summary of research accomplishments and statement of research interests (2-page limit), as well as contact information for two references. 

You will be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

For further information contact: Associate Professor Nadine Kasparian,

To view the Selection Criteria, please click on the position description below.

Applications close: 11:00 pm Sunday 22nd July 2018

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