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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Optometry and Vision Science is one of the largest and most prestigious optometry schools’ in Australia/Asia. It offers a three-year Bachelor of Vision Science undergraduate program, which can be taken as a standalone degree with the option of an honours year or lead to a two-year Master of Clinical Optometry at the postgraduate level. The Master of Clinical Optometry qualifies graduates to practice as an Optometrist in Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries.

Research in the School of Optometry and Vision Science encompasses a diverse range of topics and disciplines, including basic, applied and clinical research in the science of vision. The School's multidisciplinary approach to research is one of its key strengths.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is based within the Public Health Group at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and will be responsible for conducting research studies under the mentorship of the Head of School and other senior academics.

About the role

  • Level A - $96k - $104k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Full time (35 hours per week)

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow reports to Head of School, School of Optometry and Vision Science and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Conduct research into the consequences of low vision in the broad areas of injuries (mostly falls) and mental health (anxiety and depression).
  • Assist with the development of the Public Health research program at the School of Optometry and Vision Science.
  • Ensure adherence with the Study Protocol, compliance with Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approvals, and all reporting requirements to HREC, Stakeholder and Regulatory authorities.
  • Collect study-specific data and maintain records.
  • Manage research results including data entry, analysis and preparation of results for presentation at meetings.
  • Disseminate research results through writing of scientific papers for international journals and progress reports for industry partners.
  • Assist in the recruitment and follow-up of study participants and other administrative duties for Public Health research projects.
  • Efficiently manage advertising, screening, participant enrolments and scheduling of participants’ visits to ensure study milestones and timelines are met.
  • Contribute to the development of new research projects through funding applications and initiation of collaborations within the School.
  • Assist with the preparation of Human Research Ethics applications and associated documentation to meet submission deadlines.
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students as required.
  • Conduct tutorial and classes as required.
  • Complete research administration tasks, including accountability of study investigational products and completion of Good Clinical Practice and other training requirements set by the Head of School.
  • Cooperate 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.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:
(Selection Criteria)

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification in Public Health.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in the eye health sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in research project as evidenced by conference presentations and publications including high-quality publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team and contribute to overall project objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise honours students and interest in higher degree research student supervision.
  • Demonstrated excellence in administration with attention to detail and diligent record keeping.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency in statistical software programs.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Lisa Keay

Applications close: December 3rd, 2020

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