University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Research Fellow - Health


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  • First Nations Cancer & Wellbeing Research Program

  • Passionate about First Nations health and wellbeing as well as achieving equitable outcomes for First Nations peoples.

  • Make a positive contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and wellbeing

  • Three-year, Academic Level B Research Fellow in the Wellbeing research team, based at the Herston 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.

    As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative.

    About Us and This Opportunity

    We are a team of passionate researchers and research support staff who make up the First Nations Cancer and Wellbeing Research (FNCWR) team. We work collaboratively with communities and the community-controlled health sector to deliver equitable health and wellbeing for First Nations peoples.

    Our team leads diverse, innovative research projects under the FNCWR Program, addressing a range of health challenges related to cancer and wellbeing. The FNCWR's Wellbeing Group is focused on improving understanding, measurement, and evaluation of what matters to the wellbeing of First Nations adults, youth and children. The group is working on a number of projects around wellbeing, including three large mixed methods studies (What Matters 2Adults, What Matters 2Youth and What Matters 2Kids) that focus on different age groups in First Nations communities; as we understand that what matters to wellbeing changes across the life course. Our Wellbeing Group team is made up of First Nations and non-First Nations researchers and staff from around Australia. We are committed to privileging First Nations experiences and perspectives in our research, and to implementing research methods to ensure cultural- appropriateness and responsiveness.

    We are looking for a highly motivated research-focused early career academic to join our Wellbeing research team. The position will contribute to our existing research program and have capacity to pursue new research directions to advance First Nations people's wellbeing across the life course. There are multiple opportunities for both qualitative and quantitative, as well as mixed method, research within our growing team and we welcome applications from candidates across a range of health disciplines relevant to our program.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    We are looking for someone who is:

  • Passionate about First Nations health and wellbeing as well as achieving equitable outcomes for First Nations peoples.

  • Keen to work in a fast-paced, dynamic research environment with abundant opportunities to learn and progress their academic career.

  • An emerging leader with strong qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research skills and, ideally but not necessarily, experience working in wellbeing research and/or First Nations health.

  • A confident and accomplished communicator.

  • Key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop an independent and/or team research program to achieve national recognition and impact in the research area.

  • Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in national research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications, with a lead role in some outputs.

  • Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.

  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit. Actively pursue and 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.

    The FNCWR Program is an Aboriginal-led research program, offering a culturally safe and supportive environment for our diverse team of First Nations and non- First Nations staff and students.

    We are offering a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for three years at Academic level B. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $104,579 - $124,187, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $122,358 - $145,299 annually.

    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, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You

  • Completion of a PhD in health or a related discipline.

  • A growing profile in research in health or a related discipline.

  • A developing reputation and track record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Evidence of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.

  • A growing record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.

  • Experience in meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities

  • 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.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr Kate Anderson. For application queries and if you would like a copy of job description 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

  • Document addressing your motivation for applying for the role and 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 Wednesday 11th October 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number: R-30304). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Friday 27th October 2023

    Job details


    Research Fellow - Health


    University of Queensland




    September 13, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 11, 2023

    Job type



    Education,Medicine,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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