First listed on: 29 March 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Thermal Physiology

  • Opportunity in the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory to work on funded NHMRC Project to develop a new extreme heat policy for child and youth sport
  • Located in Faculty of Health Sciences, Cumberland Campus
  • Full-time fixed term for 2 years with base salary $92-$98K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of a collaborative research team including The University of Sydney, University of Canberra, and the Chief Medical Officers of Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia. The successful applicant will be primarily based in the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory at the University of Sydney working directly with Associate Professor Ollie Jay and will also spend time at the Charles Perkins Centre.

The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate strong leadership, commitment, and initiative, as well as excellent writing and analytical skills, a strong knowledge of human thermoregulatory physiology, and experience of conducting laboratory-based experimental studies. Other essential criteria include the capacity to successfully meet deadlines and work effectively as part of a collaborative team. Preference will be given to applicants with experience of working with a paediatric population.

In this role you will:

  • recruit, screen, and complete climate chamber-based exercise trials with paediatric participants between the ages of ~8 to 18 years old
  • coordinate with researchers at the University of Canberra conducting parallel data collection
  • organise quarterly chief investigator meetings
  • assist with the supervision of PhD and honours students
  • present the outcomes of this work at national and international conferences and publish in relevant quality journals.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associates who possesses:

  • relevant tertiary qualifications, including a PhD in a relevant area such as human physiology, exercise and sport science, or ergonomics
  • experience in laboratory-based human physiology testing
  • an understanding of human thermoregulatory physiology (essential) and thermal biophysics (desirable)
  • data analysis methods pertinent to human physiological studies
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective collaborative working relationships
  • excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • demonstrated ability to manage workflows, multiple complex projects and meet deadlines
  • experience in paediatric physiology research is desirable.

Take this opportunity to further develop your research career in the field of thermal physiology and ergonomics under the leadership of world experts. You will contribute to important research that develops the first evidence-based extreme heat policy for child and youth sport in Australia.

About us

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.

How to apply

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 562/0319F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm Thursday 25 April 2019

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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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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