Senior Research Fellow/Principal Research Fellow in Epidemiology or Statistics

University of Queensland


Senior Research Fellow/Principal Research Fellow in Epidemiology or Statistics

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Area:Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term, Part Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland (UQ) was established following a $10 million donation to UQ from Mr Greg Poche AO and Mrs Kay van Norton Poche. The Centre is part of the national Poche Indigenous Health Network, together with Poche Centres at the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, the University of Western Australia and Flinders University in Adelaide and Alice Springs. 

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health has an urban Indigenous health focus. It addresses two key challenges and concentrates UQ’s Indigenous and health expertise towards:

  1. Developing a skilled and available workforce, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to respond to the challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; and 
  2. Improving urban Indigenous health outcomes across the life course.

The First Peoples Urban Health Research Alliance

The First Peoples Urban Health Research Alliance is a joint initiative between Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS), the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.  Under the leadership of Professor James Ward, the Alliance is the first of its kind in Australia, established to substantially accelerate Australia’s progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy and achieving health equality for urban First Peoples in greater Brisbane north by ensuring the whole of health care system is responsive to the health and wellbeing needs of First Peoples.

The Alliance will lead world class research and evaluation and knowledge translation pursuits, alongside a focus on building research capabilities and capacity within the health care system. Through these activities, the Alliance will enable a health care system to deliver high value, person-centred healthcare and quality of life for First Peoples who access health care, and who live within the region. The Alliance will operate with underlying principles of working at systems wide level with strength-based approaches, collaboration and coordination, cultural safety and self-determination.

About This Opportunity

An opportunity exists for a Senior Research Fellow/ Principal Research Fellow to lead and manage the analysis of MNHHS data and linking MNHHS and IUIH data to establish administrative data sets of demographics, social determinants of health, morbidity and mortality data - separated across the life course - and combine primary health and hospital data to facilitate a whole of system approach.

This position is also responsible for providing epidemiology/statistical advice and services to support the Alliance’s research activities, contribute to the methodological design of research activities, and collaboratively assist in producing relevant research articles, communications and reports.

Further key duties and responsibilities can be found in the position description.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful for this opportunity, you will have completed a PhD in the relevant discipline area. You will have a demonstrated understanding of issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health care. Your established research track record will include a high level of publications in reputed refereed journals and a strong record of obtaining external research funding. You will also hold a solid record of supervising HDR students, experience in meaningful internal service roles, and contributions towards external activities is essential. 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a fixed-term, full time or part time (a minimum of 0.5FTE with potential to increase up to 1.0 FTE subject to funding) 2 year position at either Academic Level C or D

  • At Academic Level C, base salary will be in the range $121,939 - $140,603, plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be in the range $142,668 - $164,505.
  • At Academic Level D, base salary will be in the range $146,824 - $161,756, plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be in the range $171,784 - $189,254.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File PD - Level C_Level D - Epidemiologist_Statistician - Alliance - Poche (1).pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor James Ward

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 15 Apr 2021
Applications close: 13 May 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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