First listed on: 08 September 2017

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow 

Australian Paediatric Survelliance Unit
Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health
Reference no. 1847/0917

  • Opportunity to work within Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) which is a national scheme for the study of rare childhood conditions
  • Located at Westmead Clinical School
  • Full time, fixed term for 12 months, remuneration package Level B/C $120K-$147K, which includes leaving loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The APSU Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow is a confident and experienced researcher with initiative, motivation and excellent interpersonal skills. This individual will be working with the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) which is a national scheme for the study of rare childhood conditions. The team also conducts research and evaluation into paediatric health services and has a significant role in translational research to ensure translation and implementation into practice and policy.

The primary function of this role is to provide high level support to the research team including project development, ensuring compliance with ethics guidelines, developing study protocols and questionnaires, data analysis, writing reports and peer review publications and competitive grants. Experience in systematic literature reviews, evaluation studies, and project management would be an advantage. A part-time appointment (0.8FTE) may be possible.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow who:

  • MPH or PhD with extensive work based experience in medicine, epidemiology, population health or related discipline
  • demonstrated extensive experience in research in the area of epidemiology, population health, medicine or related health field
  • proficiency in epidemiological methods and statistical analysis using SPSS or similar
  • demonstrated experience in scientific writing including grant applications, publications and reports for government bodies
  • experience working in multidisciplinary research teams.

Experience in research in the child health field and skills or experience in developing educational materials for clinicians and families.

About us

The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) is a national resource, established in 1993 to facilitate active surveillance of uncommon childhood diseases, complications of common diseases or adverse effects of treatment. Diseases are chosen for their public health significance and impact on health resources. To date, a range of infectious, vaccine preventable, mental health, congenital and genetic conditions and injuries have been studied. For many childhood conditions, the APSU is the only national mechanism for data collection. 

APSU has been used by over 300 individual researchers, to run >60 surveillance studies, 15 are currently ongoing and the unit has been influential in the development of international surveillance units. Currently there are 11 surveillance units worldwide. Epidemiological and clinical data collected through the APSU are of direct relevance to clinical and public health policy and resource allocation and thus impact on the health and welfare of Australian children.

The research team is committed to research translation into practice and policy and undertakes systematic literature reviews, evaluations of health services and research into provider and patient experiences using quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 5 October 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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