24 January, 2024

Research Associate in Aboriginal Health

  • Full Time Fixed term 2 years contract until 2026) at Central Clinical School (with possible extension)
  • Opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary team working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research at the Central Clinical School in the Sydney Medical School
  • Offering Base Salary $83,454- $112,462, + 17% superannuation


The University of Sydney supports and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation at every level of study, work, and research. It is a core part of our purpose as a university.

 This is a Targeted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position. Preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. This Exemption is claimed under Section 21 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.


About the opportunity

Opportunity for a Research Associate to join the team at Central Clinical School in the Sydney Medical School.

 The Sydney Medical School established 1856, aims to improve health through education, research and clinical care. The Sydney Medical School is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney which is home to the largest and most comprehensive assembly of health research in the Asia Pacific. It conducts cutting-edge research across the full spectrum of health and medical knowledge, from the medical sciences through to clinical medicine, public health, and medical education.

The Central Clinical School supports a wide range of teaching activities for Medicine. The Clinical School staff support or lead, clinical and public health research including in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Isaldner health and addiction medicine.

The Research Associate will join a small but growing research team led by Associate Professor Michael Doyle. The successful applicant will work on a project funded through a Medical Research Future Fund grant. The overall aim of this project is to develop a culturally informed social and emotional wellbeing program for young (18 to 24 years) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are in custody. The Research Associate would help coordinate and undertake data collection, data interpretation and development of publications. This project does not involve data collection in prison. Experience working in Aboriginal health and communities is critical to advancing this cutting-edge health research.

This Research-focused academic at Level A is expected to apply and develop their expertise in conducting research. They will conduct research and/or scholarly activities under the limited supervision of the team leader and other senior academic staff, either independently or as part of a research team.


Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Work closely with the team leader and other chief investigators of the MRFF project.
  • To work independently and as part of the research team, to undertake qualitative research, including data collection, analysis and writing up of results
  • To undertake qualitative research field work independently, during 2-3 trips to Western Australia over 2 years, with phone and online support as needed.
  • Assist in the development and publication of a systematic scoping review.
  • Coordinate the project investigator meetings and workshops and assist in coordinating the Aboriginal reference group meetings.
  • Assist in all activities related to conduct of the research including in the reviewing and updating of research protocols and related documents, and in coordinating reporting to human research ethics committees
  • Assist to build and maintain strategic relationships by liaising, consulting, and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders to identify key issues as they relate to the research activities and help developing effective solutions to challenges that arise.


About you

  • hold a research Masters or a PhD in a relevant discipline
  • 2 years of demonstrated experience working in a research role with a comparable level of responsibility
  • experience developing and contributing to research evidence by producing original, high quality and independent research
  • demonstrated ability to perform qualitative data analyses
  • ability to communicate effectively across a range of forums
  • experience in the development of academic manuscripts or report writing
  • accuracy, attention to detail and highly organised, with the ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands
  • strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement and ability to prioritise workload during busy periods 
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work 


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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

 Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.


Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

As this position is located on an NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements


This position is designated as involving 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.


EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.


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