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Post-Doctoral Fellow – Opioid Dependence

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

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Opioid Dependence

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.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will play a key role at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) undertaking research examining the effectiveness of treatments for opioid dependence and health outcomes for people who experience incarceration using data linkage methods. Importantly, this will involve working collaboratively with leading researchers at the Kirby Institute, UNSW as part of the team on the NHMRC Advancing the health of people who use drugs: hepatitis C and drug dependence (ASCEND) program grant (Advancing the health of people who use drugs: hepatitis C and drug dependence (ASCEND) | NDARC - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have the opportunity to work across a range of projects. Two of the studies include 1) a linked cohort of all people entering OAT in NSW since 2001, the Opioid Agonist Treatment and Safety (OATS) study (Opioid Agonist Treatment and Safety (OATS) Study | NDARC - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre ( and 2) a linked cohort that will include all people who have experienced incarceration since 2000 in NSW.

OATS uses use linked administrative data to understand risk for mortality and other adverse outcomes during and after opioid agonist treatment (OAT). It will use standard biostatistical approaches and sophisticated machine learning techniques. The study involves an international team of leading researchers in this area.

The study of people who have experienced incarceration will be a linked cohort of people who have experienced incarceration linked to health, crime and other records. Data on opioid dependence treatment and HCV treatment will be linked. The aims are to examine how receiving these treatments during incarceration and post-release affect people’s well-being: overdose, hospital presentations, other health service use, mortality, as well as employment and recidivism.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work closely with senior researchers at NDARC, the Kirby and internationally. 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 an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training and/or and 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 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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