First listed on: 16 January 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Dr Liang Voice Program 

  • Opportunity in the University of Sydney Voice Research Laboratory to work on 3 fully funded projects
  • Currently located at Faculty of Health Sciences, Lidcombe Campus, with relocation to Camperdown in 2021
  • Full time fixed-term for 3 years with base salary $74k-94k p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of a well-established research team in the Dr Liang Voice Program, with ongoing collaboration with a range of international research partners. The successful applicant will be a qualified Speech–Language Pathologist (SLP) primarily based in the Voice Research Laboratory at the University of Sydney working directly with A/Prof Cate Madill and A/Prof Daniel Novakovic. Note that the faculty will be joining the Faculty of Medicine and Health in 2020.

In this role you will essentially be a research project manager managing 3 projects; 15-year retrospective file audit of SLP assessment of treatment of voice disorders; development of a new laryngeal disorders database; and investigation of the nature of acute voice injury in a metropolitan population. You will run three studies and contribute to the teaching team and work side by side with other team members whilst working collaboratively with the wider team. As the Postdoctoral Research Associate you will have the opportunity to work in the voice assessment clinic and in addition to this you will;

  • Extract, analyse and publish data from a large clinical SLP data-base (year 1)
  • Conduct a Delphi process to establish what data should be collected to create a national laryngeal disorders database in ENT/SLP (year 2)
  • Collaborate and advise with the DLVP team, external contractors and other stakeholders to build and establish a laryngeal data base in ENT/SLP (year 2-3)
  • Conduct a clinical research project based at the University of Sydney Research Laboratory (Camperdown Campus) to profile the nature of acute voice injury (year 3)
  • Undertake clinical voice assessment of patients and student supervision in monthly interdisciplinary voice assessment clinics.
  • Contribute to, and participate in, the delivery of the DLVP Continuing Education program and University of Sydney SLP voice disorders curriculum, including supervision of PhD and honours students.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associates who possesses:

  • Relevant SLP tertiary qualifications, including a PhD in a relevant area such as voice disorders, voice assessment and treatment of voice disorders
  • An understanding of human laryngeal anatomy and physiology, voice disorders (essential) and voice disorder assessment and treatment (essential)
  • Experience in conducting surveys and interviews for the formulation of clinical models and/or pathways.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective collaborative working relationships
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage workflows, multiple complex projects and meet deadlines

Take this opportunity to further develop your research career in the field of voice disorders under the leadership of world experts. You will contribute to important research that documents SLP assessment and treatment outcomes for patients with voice disorders, establishing the first national laryngeal disorders database and reporting the nature of acute voice injury in a metropolitan population.

The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate strong leadership, commitment, and initiative, as well as excellent writing and analytical skills. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with patients with voice disorders and a PhD in assessment and/or treatment of voice disorders.

About us

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 Australias 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. 

The Dr Liang Voice Program (DLVP) is a newly established, world-class research and training program in the field of laryngeal and voice disorders at the University of Sydney. The Program integrates research, training and education and clinical treatment into a comprehensive model that aims to deliver best-practice treatment to patients. Conducted in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, directed by A/Prof Cate Madill (Speech Pathologist) and A/Prof Daniel Novakovic (Otolaryngologist), the charter of the program is to conduct world-leading:

  1. Research on disorders of the voice and their treatment
  2. Post-graduate education and training in speech pathology relating to treatment of laryngeal disorders
  3. Post graduate fellowship education and training in surgery relating to treatment of laryngeal disorders
  4. Translation of best practice in laryngology and voice assessment and treatment to overseas Universities with whom MOUs have been established.

How to apply

The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role. 

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 to apply. Job Reference No. 1888/0919

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

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: 12:00pm, Thursday 13 February 2020

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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