Research Fellow - The University of Sydney - HealthCareer

First listed on: 02 April 2019

Research Fellow 

  • Opportunity to play a key role in the ongoing development of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Australian Register
  • Located at Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School
  • Part-time (4 days per week) fixed term opportunity for 12 months with base salary $104K - $127K p.a. (pro rata) plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The FASDAR (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Australian Register) was established with a grant from the Australian Department of Health to the University of Sydney and is overseen by the NHMR Centre of Research Excellence – FASD Research Australia.

We are now looking to recruit a Research Fellow with experience in research, initiative, motivation and excellent interpersonal skills. This individual will be working with the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU), which facilitates national surveillance of rare childhood conditions.

The primary function of this role is to lead and support the ongoing maintenance and future development of the National FASD Register (FASDAR). The role is also responsible for liaising and coordinating with the FASDAR Steering Group, the FASDAR Data Custodians Committee, FASD Clinics in NSW QLD and WA, the FASD Hub team, the FASD Clinical Network and reporting to the NHMRC CRE and the Australian Government Department of Health.

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 who possesses:

  • MPH or PhD (or equivalent) along with demonstrated research experience in epidemiology, population health, paediatrics, medicine or related health field
  • experience in developing, implementing and maintaining a clinical research data bases, particularly with a disease register
  • sound understanding of data confidentiality and principles of ethical research
  • proficiency in clinical research and epidemiological methods and research data analyses
  • experience in scientific writing including ethics and grant applications, conference abstracts, publications and reports.

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and liaison skills, be meticulous in their record keeping and have experience working in multidisciplinary teams

About us

This position sits within the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) who currently collects national de-identified data on FASD from ~1500 Australian paediatricians, and provides a snapshot of the diagnostic rate (incidence), clinical features, management and short-term outcomes of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other rare chronic and complex conditions of childhood (

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.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 360/0219F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

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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