University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Ageing and Blood Donation


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  • School of Psychology

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues

  • Fast track your career with our early career academic development program

  • Based at our St Lucia campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

    At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

    As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world- class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

    About This Opportunity

    Engaging the over 50s to ensure the sustainability of our blood supply.

    Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is responsible for the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products to the Australian community. Lifeblood's activities are underpinned by world-leading, goal-oriented research and the loyal support of volunteer, non-remunerated blood donors. Lifeblood faces ongoing challenges to ensure the sufficiency of the blood supply as our population ages and the demand for blood-product derived treatments increases. Donors aged over 50 donate more regularly with fewer adverse events than young donors yet comprise only a small proportion of donors. In this ARC Linkage funded collaboration between the University of Queensland, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, and Silverchain, we will use quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate how those aged over 50 understand and engage with blood donation in the context of ageing, and how their involvement can be managed to maintain psychosocial wellbeing. By the end of this program of work we aim to have produced tailored, validated resources that may significantly benefit Australia by effectively engaging older adults to ensure the sustainability of the blood supply.

    This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to assist us in implementing all phases of this ARC Linkage grant. The project investigators are Professor Barbara Masser and Dr Theresa Scott (The University of Queensland), Dr. Rachel Thorpe (Lifeblood) and Professor Tanya Davison (Silverchain). The successful applicant will play a major role in this comprehensive, large-scale research program involving both quantitative (e.g., experiments, surveys) and qualitative (e.g., interviews, co-design) research. This will include designing research materials, data collection and analysis, staff training and the preparation and presentation of reports and research findings to a variety of audiences.

    The successful applicant will work closely with the research team and other stakeholders from Lifeblood. The appointee will be required to work for 100% of the appointment on the research program and will be based in Brisbane and employed through the University of Queensland.

    Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with the project team on the coordination, management and conduct of the research project.

  • Participate directly in quantitative and qualitative research design and implementation, including preparation of ethics applications, protocol documents, ethics submissions and data management. Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • Prepare research reports, presentations, publications and progress reports and participate in regular meetings to discuss project objectives, methodology and outcomes.

  • Work collaboratively with participants engaged in the project as well as employees of Lifeblood as required.

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours students, Higher Degree by Research students, and research assistants (as appropriate).

  • Manage supervisee performance and conduct by providing coaching, feedback and training through probation, annual performance appraisal and regular meetings with employees.

  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

  • This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

    This is a part-time (up to 60% FTE), fixed-term position for 3 years.

    At Academic level A, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $75,808- $100,926, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $88,696 - $118,084 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in Psychology, Sociology, Health Promotion or related social science discipline.

  • Knowledge, or a willingness to acquire knowledge, of the literature on blood donor behaviour.

  • Knowledge of social theories of ageing or an interest in ageing.

  • Experience in, and commitment to, conducting applied research that can be translated into practical outcomes.

  • Experience in project planning and management and the capacity to deliver successful results within budget and to agreed timeframes.

  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in qualitative (e.g., interviewing, co- design) and quantitative research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting.

  • Quantitative statistical skills and willingness to learn new statistical and data management techniques.

  • Evidence of publications in refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Ability to manage a research team and supervise and coach research assistants.

  • Evidence of an emerging network of industry liaisons and professional contacts.

  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal and consultative skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a multidisciplinary background.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Barbara Masser at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Thursday 22 February 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-34949).

    Job details


    Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Ageing and Blood Donation


    University of Queensland




    February 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 22, 2024

    Job type



    Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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