First listed on: 15 May 2019

Research Fellow - Indigenous

  • Exciting newly created opportunity to play an integral role contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health research
  • Join the University of Sydney as part of the Project Synergy Research and Development Group, position based in Brisbane or Sydney
  • Full-time or part time fixed term for 1 year with a base salary of $104 – $123K p.a. pro rata plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for a Research Fellow – Indigenous to join The University of Sydney’s Project Synergy Research and Development Group.

The Research Fellow – Indigenous will apply their experiences in research and scholarly activity to inform research practice and activity as part of Project Synergy. Most importantly, the incumbent will identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and use their life experiences to appropriately work with Indigenous communities for the research and development activities of Project Synergy. This is an exciting role that will contribute to technology-enabled mental health service reform for better outcomes for people with lived mental health experience, their families and supportive others, health professional and service providers in Australia through applied research and development.

Although this position is a full time role, The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role at a minimum of 3 days per week,

This position has been designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only under the provisions of section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). 

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 for a Research Fellow - Indigenous who possess:

  • A Master’s (by research) or PhD in psychology, clinical psychology or related discipline.
  • Proven extensive experience in health and medical research design, ethics and clinical trial governance and trial implementation and management. Research experience in the area of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities highly desirable
  • A developing research profile evidenced by original, high-quality and independent research in the discipline or area of expertise
  • A developing knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the discipline and higher education sector.
  • Experience in data management and statistical analysis

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, dynamic academic with excellent relationship building skills with both internal and external stakeholders. Ideally the applicant will have experience in academic writing for reports and/or publications.

About us

The University of Sydney supports and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation at every level of study, work and research. It is a core part of our purpose as a university.

The Project Synergy Research and Development Group (R&D Group) at the Brain and Mind Centre is responsible for scoping, designing, implementing and delivering Project Synergy research trials which aim to develop (and redevelop) the InnoWell Platform across different population groups and service settings – including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, the veteran community, young children and their families, young people and older adults. Project Synergy is administered by InnoWell which is a propriety limited Australian company focused on delivering technology-enabled mental health and wellbeing solutions. The R&D Group is led by a Scientific Advisor and supported by a Research Director. Over a three-year period, Project Synergy aims to further develop digital mental health in Australia, through research and implementation science trials, working in partnership with key Australian mental health service organisations. The group develops and investigates new and emerging technologies that support young people’s general health and wellbeing including mental health. InnoWell is a joint venture between The University of Sydney and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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.

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.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 911/0519 to apply.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Closing date: 11.30pm 11 June 2019

To perform this role, it is essential that the appointee be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. It is therefore an essential selection criterion and is authorised under the provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Evidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent must be provided with application.

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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