Research Fellow in Tropical Diseases

University of New South Wales


Research Fellow - The Kirby Institute

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Work type: Full-time, Part-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Lecturer

  • Employment Type: Full-time or 4 days week
  • Duration: 2-year fixed term contract
  • Remuneration: $110,459 - $130,215 + 17% superannuation 

Why your role matters

  • Work with some of the best minds in your field
  • Join a Go8 university that’s globally recognised for making an impact
  • We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse campus that supports the needs of all

Reporting to Associate Professor Susana Vaz Nery, this Research Fellow role is based in the Public Health Interventions Program, in the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Research Group, to support the coordination of studies taking place in several countries in the Pacific region.

Our goal is to improve programs to control neglected tropical diseases, diseases of poverty common in Australia’s neighbours: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Our partners are supporting the Ministries of Health in these countries to implement integrated programs to better control these diseases. Our multidisciplinary research will use improved diagnostics, spatial mapping, health systems, social science and health economics to evaluate this integrated approach to disease control.

Our research across the three countries will be conducted under four broad themes. (1) We will investigate improved diagnostic methods, to make it easier to integrate prevalence surveys across diseases to determine where MDA is most needed, and how effective it has been. (2) We will use geospatial mapping techniques, to ensure that countries have a clear picture of co-endemicity across multiple diseases and can therefore target interventions more effectively to those in need. (3) We will undertake stakeholder research with health system managers and community members, to find out how best to ensure the feasibility and acceptability of the integrated approach. (4) We will carry out health economic analyses to assess costs and cost-effectiveness of integration. 

The Organisation

The Kirby Institute is a world-leading health research institute at UNSW Sydney. We work to eliminate infectious diseases, globally. Our specialisation is in developing health solutions for the most at-risk communities. Through innovative and world-class research, we develop tests, treatments, cures and prevention strategies to improve health.

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different isn’t only what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do.  If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

Who you are

You have a PhD in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics or a similar relevant field and/or relevant work experience and can demonstrate your experience in quantitative research with a focus on infectious diseases, including in communities in the Asia-Pacific Region.Please see the attached Position Description for full details. 

To apply:  If contributing to eliminating infectious diseases is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and responses to Skills and Experience. 

Given current Australian Government COVID-19 border restrictions, we are only accepting applications from Australian citizens or permanent residents or people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.


Shiree Thomas

Talent Acquisition Consultant


t: 02 9065 7058 

Applications close: 11.55pm, Tuesday 5th October 2021

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention, and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

Advertised: 07 Sep 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: 05 Oct 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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