Research Fellow in Emerging Drugs

University of New South Wales National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs


Research Fellow in Emerging Drugs

Job no: 499682

Work type: Fixed term - Full time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

The National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED) is a new national research centre that seeks to embed research in clinical practice. It aims to support clinicians to detect and respond to new drug health problems by building clinical research capacity and rapidly translating findings into clinical practice. The Centre aims to develop and implement a system that allows for rapid, flexible, and collaborative responses to emerging substances that are having prevalent, persistent, and harmful health and community impacts.

The Centre is made up of a consortium of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), acting as lead agency, St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA), National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) – Curtin University of Technology, and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) – Flinders University.

The Opportunity  

  • 2-Year, Fixed-term opportunity
  • Level B: $108K - $127K (+ 17% superannuation & leave loading)
  • Sydney, Australia based.
  • Full working rights for the duration of the contract is required

Clinical impacts of new and emerging substances in Australia, such as methamphetamines and fentanyls, require a rapid health response and reliable information. The Research Fellow will lead the Centre’s work to trial a system of information sharing which allows for prompt health response to new and emerging drugs of concern. The Research Fellow will collaborate with consumers, clinicians, researchers, and public health policy makers to build and extend a national Prompt Response Network and facilitate partnerships within local, regional and national jurisdictions.

Together with stakeholders, the Research Fellow will develop and test a system for sharing information on emerging drugs, assess their risks using existing epidemiological and monitoring methods and toxicology analyses, and facilitate prompt dissemination of heath information. Please refer to the position description for more details. Download File Level B - Research Fellow - NDARC-1.pdf

Skills and Experience

  • PhD in a health-related field or computer science or health information/informatics or information systems or communications science.
  • Relevant experience or an equivalent level of knowledge in information technology/communication science.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting relevant research, from project initiation through to write up.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • High-level organisational skills and proven ability to deal with multiple tasks, establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with an ability to proactively interact, collaborate and network with internal and external stakeholders at all organisational levels
  • Demonstrated ability in showing discretion and maintaining confidentiality with sensitive material.
  • Research, analytical and problem-solving skills; an ability to summarise issues and develop innovative solutions.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Flexibility and commitment to collaborative team work in a small team environment.
  • Proven capacity to produce high quality written materials, including publication in peer reviewed journals.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Contact (For job related queries only):

Dr Krista Siefried                              E:

Applications close: 11pm, 4th August 2020

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Advertised: 07 Jul 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 04 Aug 2020 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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