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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Aboriginal Health

The Sax Institute
  • Not for profit sector
  • Part time (0.8 FTE) position – 24-month contract
  • Professional and friendly environment
  • Great office located in Glebe, NSW (with flexible work arrangements available)

About the Sax Institute

The Sax Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that improves health and wellbeing by driving better use of evidence in policies, programs and services.

The Institute has an international reputation as an Evidence Specialist, and nearly 20 years’ experience in translating research findings into policy drawing on our own expertise as well as that of our more than 50 member organisations. We work with governments, health organisations, research organisations and a network of experts nationwide to analyse policy problems and find the best evidence-based solutions.

About the role

A great opportunity exists for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) at the Sax Institute. Working within the team that was established to improve the health of Aboriginal children living in urban areas, this newly created position will be pivotal in the delivery of two new projects under Aboriginal Health:

  • Project one - testing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) nominated strategies for supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of their staff throughout the COVID 19 Pandemic
  • Project two - evaluating an Aboriginal cultural adaptation of an early intervention program for social and emotional wellbeing that is delivered through primary-schools.

Although no two days will be the same, responsibilities will include:

  • Drafting study protocols, tools and methods
  • Overseeing the implementation of relevant projects including co-ordination of intervention delivery and associated qualitative and quantitative data collection
  • Leading and conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups as required (generally in partnership with Aboriginal researchers)
  • Preparing ethics applications and reports, reports to partners and funders and annual stakeholder reports
  • Preparing data summaries for ACCHSs partners and communication resources (findings briefs, infographics) from data generated for use by ACCHSs and policy partners
  • Drafting papers and presentations arising from the research and supporting the team in delivering the findings in stakeholder meetings.

About you – Selection Criteria

We are looking for a flexible and dedicated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to fill this position who has the following experience and current skill set:

  • A PhD in public or population health, health services research, psychology or epidemiology or relevant Master’s degree with strong interest and experience in Aboriginal health research
  • Excellent organisational skills and experience in managing projects, with a demonstrated capacity to manage complexities and diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience with writing research protocols, reports, findings briefs, ethics applications and academic manuscripts
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as part of a team, and build successful working relationships with a variety of people and to deliver on commitments

Aboriginality would be highly regarded, however, is not necessary for the position.

Further details

If this sounds interesting, please go to the Careers Opportunities page of our website to read more about the position: https://www.saxinstitute.org.au/about-us/career-opportunities/.

Please contact Sumithra Muthayya at Sumithra.muthayya@saxinstitute.org.au, using the subject line: Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Aboriginal Health enquiry via EthicalJobs if you have further questions about the role.

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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