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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Work type: Part-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow


School of Women’s and Children’s Health

UNSW Medicine



  • Opportunity to research innovative precision medicine education and support for childhood genetic conditions (genetic epilepsy)
  • World class research facilities
  • Part time (14 hours/week) fixed term for 12 months with possibility of extension
  • Level A: $77K-103K plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading (Pro-rata)

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). CoGENES (Collaboration for Genetic Epilepsy and Neurogenetics Sydney Children’s Hospital Network) is a multidisciplinary clinical research team whose vision is to understand the best ways to diagnosis, provide precision clinical care and support for children with neurogenetic disorders, with a particular focus on severe genetic epilepsies in infancy (SGEI). Sydney Children’s Hospital Network cares for approximately 400 children with SGEI. SGEI are chronic, complex and often life-limiting diseases with profound impacts on families. The group is working to translate genetic diagnosis into improved health care for children with SGEI: aka as ‘Precision and personalised medicine’ (PPM).

CoGENES is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow who will be responsible for the design and evaluation of an innovative research program encompassing a comprehensive knowledge portal and effective knowledge dissemination to caregivers and clinicians related to PPM for SGEI. The significance of the project lies in its anticipated positive impact on caregivers and clinicians, including improved knowledge, communication and self-efficacy in a landscape of fastmoving genomic testing. Successful completion of the pilot will enable expansion of the model for other neurogenetic disorders and integration into the health care system.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • A PhD in psychology, implementation science, biomedical science, nursing, education, genetic counselling or a related field, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training and/or and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research
  • Knowledge of genetics, epilepsy and/or rare disease is desirable
  • Knowledge or interest in learning about innovative digital technology/ artificial intelligence is desirable
  • Demonstrated experience with research project management and research in health services design is desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a goal-directed manner yet collaboratively with other staff and external providers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to liaise effectively with all levels of staff, students, management, collaborators and the general public

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Download File PD-Postdoc Fellow 500045.pdf

Contact: Elizabeth Palmer, Lecturer


Applications close: 2nd November 2020

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