28 August, 2023

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow – First Nations Wellbeing Research (Identified s25)

  • First Nations Cancer & Wellbeing Research Program

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

  • Three-year early career researcher position in the Wellbeing research team, based at the Herston Campus

  • Identified s25: Only open to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact


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.

Please find the information booklet here.


About You

The University of Queensland considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991(Qld) and the filling of this position constitutes a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

This position is therefore only open to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.


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.

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.


What We Can Offer 

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-Indigenous staff and students.

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for three years at Academic Level A or B, commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience, skills and abilities. The level offered will align with UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance, and the experience that you bring to the role.

At Academic level A, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308 – $99,426, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $86,941 – $116,329 annually.

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.



If you would like to find out more about this role or information on our current research projects, and/or discuss whether your specific skills and experience would be a good fit, please reach out to Dr Kate Anderson. If you have a question around the application process, please contact recruitment@uq.edu.au stating the job reference number in the subject line. 


Want to Apply? 

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

  • Cover letter addressing your motivation for applying for the role, what level you are applying for, and the ‘About You’ section (see information booklet)

  • Resume 


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 our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguistic, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au 

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 Sunday 17th September 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number:

R-29533). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Thursday 28th September 2023.