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Post-Doctoral Fellow – Substance use and mental health in young people

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

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Substance use and mental health in young people

UNSW Sydney is globally recognised for making an impact and it’s our people who make this happen. We are Australia’s number one university for impact in research, and we are one of the top 20 employers in Australia.

The Opportunity 

  • Full time, Fixed Term contract until the 31st December 2023
  • Level A-B: $79K - $131K base + 17% superannuation & leave loading
  • Sydney, Australia based

Substance use and mental health are both substantial issues of concern for and among young people, yet there is much to do to improve our knowledge of the extent of these issues across the globe. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work as part of a large group of collaborators at NDARC, across Australia and internationally on a range of projects examining substance use and mental health among young people. This includes collaborating with investigators on the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Adolescent Health (Centre of Research Excellence in Global Adolescent Health - Murdoch Children's Research Institute (, and the University of Queensland’s Child and Adolescent Psyhiatric Epidemiology and Service stream (The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Epidemiology and Service (CAPES) Research Stream – qcmhr). The position will also involve work informing and using data from the Global Burden of Disease study, with which NDARC has had an important role around the work on illicit drug use for over 15 years (Global Burden of Disease: Mental Disorders and Illicit Drug Use Expert Group | NDARC - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow reports to Scientia Professor, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and has no direct reports.

Some key skills and experience required: 

Level A

  • Completed PhD in a relevant discipline, including public health, epidemiology, social science, biostatistics or health economics and/or relevant work experience.
  • Relevant experience and applied knowledge in a health/medical field.
  • Demonstrated experience in methodologically rigorous data collection and/or data analyses.
  • Demonstrated high level communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and also as part of a collaborative research team.
  • Evidence of research activity in at least one of NDARC’s core workplan areas.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

Level B (in addition to the above):

  • Strong research output, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journals and publications and success in applying and/or attracting competitive research funding.
  • Demonstrated capacity to carry out independent research as indicated by a proven track record of writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

How to apply

In your application, please include a resume and cover latter. Please also address the main skills and experience required in a separate document. See the details of the full position description attached here.

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

Contact (for job related questions)

Professor Louisa Degenhardt –

Applications close: 11pm, 31st May 2022.

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. UNSW understands the importance of fostering a workplace culture that supports the work and life needs of its staff. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

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