University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Senior Research Fellow in Efficient Healthcare



  • Centre for the Business of Economics and Health

  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world class colleagues.

  • Contribute to research within the Effective and Efficient Healthcare program and make a real-world impact.

  • A rare opportunity to join Australia's first research centre dedicated to the Business and Economics of Health

  • Based at our picturesque and vibrant 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

    The Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH) applies economics and business thinking to inform decisions for better health outcomes. Through priority-led research and thought leadership, CBEH researchers analyse critical issues and influence improvements across the range of settings in which health is produced. The Centre partners with leading health organisations and service providers to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in healthcare systems, and reflects on the broader factors and behaviours that influence health. CBEH generates and disseminates credible new knowledge based on peer-reviewed science.

    The purpose of this position is to contribute to research within the Effective and Efficient Healthcare program in CBEH. CBEH applies insights from economics and business to evaluate new health technologies and interventions. You will engage in research to further your expertise and grow the Centre's research profile in this area, including undertaking economic evaluations of new drugs and medical services for government and other stakeholders.

    Key responsibilities will include:


  • Maintain and active record of producing quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms as lead contributor, by publishing or exhibiting in national research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications

  • Participate in or contribute as chief investigator role in applications for significant research funding to support projects and activities, which includes actively seeking, obtaining and managing research funding.

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

  • Undertake independent and/or team research that where possible impacts on policy, practices and/or commercialisation resulting in national recognition and developing international recognition in the research area.

  • Encourage, initiate and coordinate strategic collaborative research projects in related area of expertise across University, national and international levels.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • Teaching

  • Where undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is undertaken achieve teaching quality as indicated by approved surveys and outcomes for students and improve or innovate where appropriate in response to feedback.
  • Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Act as Principal Supervisor to Higher Degree by Research students.

  • Demonstrates and leads others in the responsible conduct of research.

  • Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and management and development of researcher capability and skill.

  • Lead the facilitation of engagement opportunities for supervisees.

  • Effectively lead and develop employee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.

  • Manage staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Citizenship and Service

  • Consistently demonstrate behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Shows leadership of self and others through mentoring, collaboration and a responsibility for staff wellbeing.

  • Demonstrate a track record of achievement in relation to internal service roles, including high level of collaboration and participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.

  • Establish a track record of collaboration in relation to external service activities.

  • Advance external links and partnerships by collaborating on external activities and sustain 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 full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to two years at Academic level C. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $129,609.64 - $149,217.97, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $151,643.28 - $174,585.02 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, 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 economics.

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct economic evaluations and apply advanced econometrics methods

  • An established record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • A strong record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.

  • An established record of health economics teaching and course design.

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

  • A growing record of meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with a strong contribution to external activities.

  • Desirable:

  • A high level of statistical expertise.

  • Experience in the area of digital health solutions, machine learning, and using real world evidence to inform decision making.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: All candidates must have current working rights. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • 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 Acting Director, Professor Haitham Tuffaha 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

  • Responses to 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 Tuesday 27th February 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-35091).


    Job details


    Senior Research Fellow in Efficient Healthcare


    University of Queensland




    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 27, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,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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