First listed on: 15 February 2019

Senior Research Fellow Policy and Practice - 246/0219F

  • Opportunity to play a key role in the Prevention Research Collaboration
  • Located at Charles Perkins Centre, School of Public Health, Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed Term, part-time for 3 years and base salary $127K-$147K pro rata p.a. plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC) is a research group within the Sydney School of Public Health, that focuses on specialised expertise in population-wide prevention and policy-relevant research and translational research.

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow (Policy & Practice) in part time capacity (0.6FTE – 0.8FTE which equates to 22.5 – 30hrs per week) who will contribute to the conduct of a multi-year research engagement with the NSW Research Program for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention (RPANOP) within the Prevention Research Collaboration. Working closely with the RPANOP Directors, the successful incumbent will manage the delivery of PANOP research, evaluation and other relevant initiatives, including contributing to system capacity and workforce development across the NSW preventive health systems. 

The Senior Research Fellow, with the Directors, will lead the development of RPANOP workplans and annual reporting, and maintain liaison function and communication with the Ministry of Health.

There is the possibility of further offers of employment, subject to funding and need.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking a Senior Research Fellow who has the below:

  • PhD in public health or a relevant area
  • multidisciplinary practice and policy relevant research skills in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, obesity etc
  • understanding of current and emerging national and state health systems and relevant policy issues and developments
  • extensive experience with and understanding of Australian health service systems and policy environment
  • experience in critical appraisal of evidence and systematic reviews, synthesis and reporting
  • experience with developing research design for program evaluations and in research and evaluation management
  • experience in capacity building of policy and practitioners in research and evaluation

The successful candidate will have effective communication and negotiation skills with a diverse range of staff, senior management, and external clients. For further information on the role and selection criteria, please review the attached Candidate Information Pack.

About us

The Sydney School of Public Health is an academic School of the Faculty of Medicine and Health and comprises a multi-disciplinary network of academics and research groups engaging in a range of educational and public health-research activities. The Sydney School of Public Health trains local and international students and is renowned for its excellence in teaching in epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion, health economics, health advocacy and evidence-based healthcare. Its postgraduate programs include coursework masters degrees, research degrees, and graduate diplomas.

The successful incumbent will be based at the Prevention Research Collaboration (PRC), a research group within the Sydney School of Public Health, with specialised expertise in population-wide prevention and policy-relevant research and translational research. The PRC research portfolio includes public health priority topics, with major emphases on chronic disease prevention, especially public health nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. The PRC also carries out work in other areas of prevention, including tobacco control, social marketing and mass media campaign evaluation, health promotion research, and the methods for research translation and scale-up in public health program evaluation.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia’s first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 246/0219F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Friday 15 March 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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