Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow Child Health

at UNSW Sydney

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, 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 Population Child Health group and Systems Transformation and Research Transformation - South West Sydney (Best START-SW) brings together world-class clinicians, researchers, and policymakers, working with families, children and youth to create a Centre of Excellence in child-health translational research in South West Sydney. We aim to optimise the health, development and wellbeing of all children residing in South West Sydney including culturally diverse, refugee and Indigenous children and youth populations.

About the role:

  • Full time, 3 year Fixed-term opportunity
  • Academic Level C - D salary, plus 17% superannuation and leave loading

The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will work with key stakeholders across the local health district and partner universities to develop the research output of Best START South West: Children, young peoples and families translational research unit. The role of Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow reports to the Head of the Population Child Health Research Group.

Further details on the responsibilities are available on the attached position description. Download File Research Fellow - Child Population health

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

Level C:

  • PhD in health-related research methods, or an appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training and/or professional accreditation. Understanding of child health systems in Australia and/or previous experience of running child health translational research projects (preferably randomised controlled trials) will be highly regarded.
  • Track record of success in competitive grant applications
  • Demonstrated capacity for independent and high-quality research, as evidenced by a track record of success in external peer-reviewed funding, and publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising higher degree research students
  • Proven competency in an array of population child health/ health services research methods: qualitative, quantitative and evidence synthesis.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with children, young people and families. Experience in working in culturally diverse backgrounds would be highly regarded.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and levels of seniority
  • Proven track record of high impact publications in child health either in Australia or further afield.
  • Proven initiative and problem-solving skills, with demonstrated ability to work both independently and part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to build and participate effectively in a multidisciplinary team and across multiple organisations.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and a commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

Level D (in addition to the above):

  • A significant track record of grant success in the field of children's health, including from Category 1 funding sources
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and leading a high performing multidisciplinary research team.
  • An extensive record of producing high impact research outputs, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications, with an international reputation as a leading authority in a health-related field

You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application. You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Contact: Professor Raghu Lingam - Head of the Population Child Health Research Group


Applications close: 11pm 2nd June 2019

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