Research Fellow - Healthy Trajectories Research Hub

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Nov 24, 2021

Job Description:

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About Department of Paediatrics 

The Department of Paediatrics is the flagship representative of the University partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital, and is co-located with the hospital in Flemington Road, Parkville. 

The Department of Paediatrics is a large department within the School of Medicine. The Department has responsibility for the Child & Adolescent Health component of the Doctor of Medicine course of the School.  There are approximately 80 academic and professional staff, including 25 professorial positions, 430 honorary academic staff, and more than 150 students who are enrolled to pursue research degrees from Honours, Masters and PhD.  Approximately 220 students rotate throughout the year undertaking the CAH clinical studies, and a further 60 students undertake research in the MD Research Project component of the MD course.   In 2019, the total research income for the Department was over $5.5M and members of the Department published more than 1190 peer reviewed publications.

The Department of Paediatrics plays a pivotal role in the life of the Royal Children’s Hospital with its members being actively involved in policy development and senior management.  Members of the Department make major contributions to the development of child and youth health policy and also to broader aspects of health policy at a national and state level.

Working with its partners, The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the University’s Department of Paediatrics’ vision for the Royal Children’s Hospital campus is to be an integrated research, teaching and clinical institute (and environment) with the overall aim of benefiting child and adolescent health. 

About the Role

Healthy Trajectories is a Child and Youth Disability Research Hub focused on optimising the capacity of children and youth whose lives are complicated by disability, to reach their full potential for health and participation across the life span.

The Hub’s vision will be realised through four key avenues:

  • a measurable contribution to the National Disability Research Agenda

  • the establishment of productive inter-disciplinary, inter-sectorial research programs

  • successful advocacy for evidence-based policy, service and practice changes

  • creation of a disability prepared workforce through integration of knowledge into pre-service, professional and researcher education.

About You

This newly established Hub is seeking a post-doctoral Research Fellow to work alongside the Hub Director, Hub Coordinator and Program Leads. The Research Fellow will conduct Hub-focused research and knowledge translation activities whilst building an individual research track record.

The Research Fellow will be based within the Department of Paediatrics, located at the Melbourne Children’s Campus a multi-disciplinary campus that is internationally renowned, and which provides leadership, excellence and opportunity in paediatric teaching, research and clinical practice.

This position will report directly to Professor Christine Imms, Hub Director and Apex Australia Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability.

Ideally, you will have:

  • A Doctoral qualification in an allied or public health, behavioural or social sciences field.

  • A strong interest and significant experience in the field of child-onset disability.

  • A track record, commensurate with opportunity, of quality research in relevant fields, as evidenced by research publications in leading peer-reviewed journals.

  • Experience in project and time management, with demonstrated ability to develop and achieve clear goals through innovative and effective strategies.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a research team working in collaborative research programs.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills as evidenced by a demonstrated ability to structure and present clear oral and written summaries of research to both academic and lay audiences, and to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication.

  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging with people with lived experience of disability as research partners.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave options

  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading

  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs

  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club

  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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