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Postdoctoral Fellow

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Senior Lecturer, Lecturer

Postdoctoral Fellow

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  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

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 Psychiatry is widely reputed as the pre-eminent psychiatric research department in the country and one of the leading university groups internationally. The school has received considerable research funds from the NHMRC through project grants and program grants. School members also receive funding from the other national peer reviewed competitive funding bodies such as the Mason Foundation. The School is located at the University’s teaching hospitals at Prince of Wales, St Vincent’s, St George and Liverpool, as well as Justice Health and the Rural Clinical School.

The NSW Child Development Study (NSW-CDS) is a longitudinal record linkage study of a population cohort of NSW children. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on this study within the scope of an existing NHMRC funded Partnership project that is being conducted in collaboration with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work collaboratively with the established research team and partner organisation to contribute to data analysis and the dissemination of study findings, as well as other administrative, reporting, and management requirements of the study.

The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to an Associate Professor and has no direct reports

About the role

  • $73k - $99k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

• Conducting high quality research using multiagency linked data, according to funded grant aims.

• Contributing to data management (including the maintenance and development of data dictionaries), and data analysis (including cleaning, merging and derivation of key variables for analysis);

• Maintaining detailed records of research activities and monitoring progress against project milestones, the NSW-CDS;

• Contributing to the dissemination of research findings in verbal (conferences, workshops, seminars) and written (manuscripts, posters, partner/stakeholder briefs) form;

• Communicating with the core project research team, the NSW-CDS Scientific Committee and Partner Organisations, regarding progress against project milestones and the interpretation of results;

• Preparing written applications, reports and other administrative requirements for ethical, data governance and grant management review, as required;

• Assisting with the supervision of junior staff, higher degree research students and undergraduate medical students completing placements with the NSW-CDS;

• Cooperation with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.


• PhD or equivalent degree in: psychology, psychiatry, criminology, epidemiology, public health or other relevant discipline;

• Demonstrated project management experience in the context of population-based record-linkage or other longitudinal cohort studies;

• Demonstrated experience and ability to develop and maintain research partner relationships with government and/or non-government stakeholders;

• Advanced computing and data analysis skills (using SAS or equivalent statistical program), with demonstrated ability to conduct independent statistical analyses of large population datasets (not limited to administrative or linked data sets, but experience with these data is desirable), including expertise in methods for analysis of longitudinal data, and the capacity to identify and apply appropriate analytical techniques across a variety of study designs;

• Familiarity with the remit and internal processes of NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and awareness of the principles and implications of using data obtained via record-linkage;

• Effective written and verbal communication skills within an academic context, including a demonstrated track record in research publication;

• Demonstrated ability to balance working independently (i.e., under minimal supervision) with collaborative work within a multidisciplinary research team;

• Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training. P


You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

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

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online.


Melissa Cahill



Applications close:   11:00pm  9th October 2018

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