First listed on: 15 May 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Consumer engagement with preventative precision health technologies 

• Collaborate on cutting-edge science with Australia’s top health researchers

• Contribute to ongoing positive-behavioural changes in an aging population

• Be part of the solution at CSIRO – Australian science, Australia’s future!

The position:

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowships help facilitate the recruitment and development of our potential leaders.  They provide valuable opportunities for scientists and engineers to launch their careers, extend professional networks and enhance their career prospects.

Precision Health Technologies (PHT) are now under development, some within a larger CSIRO ‘Future Science Platform’ entitled ‘Precision Health’, offering consumers (citizens) the potential to take greater control of their health so as to sustain healthier lives into old age.  PHT include personalised diets, activity schedules, and usage of wearable diagnostic and monitoring devices that may shift the locus of health control from external to individual responsibility with an emphasis on prevention.  The focus of this consumer/citizen engagement activity will be on technologies with a preventative focus hence Precision Preventative Health Technologies (PPHT).

As a Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, you will evaluate behavioural science theories in relation to PPHTs in order to understand affective and cognitive drivers of PHT adoption.  You will build a multi-stage decision tree to understand needs, how and which consumer segments will adopt a range of PPHT, and translate this into a consumer support tool for pilot testing.  A range of PPHT concepts, including those currently under development by CSIRO colleagues, will be explored.  You will also have the opportunity to translate the decision tree into a ‘direct-to-consumer’ decision support tool to help mitigate risk and assist in the building of a personalised “suite” of PHTs.

The outcome of your research will have both academic and practical applications. You will closely interact with both researchers and engineers within the larger CSIRO Future Science Platform: Precision Health.  Potential commercial usage will be explored through stakeholder engagement including health care insurance and providers.

Before applying, we recommend you read more about this exciting project, including criteria for appointment, here - Position Details

Location:      Adelaide, South Australia
Salary:          AU $83k to AU $91k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         3 year term
Job ref:         56891

As a minimum requirement, you will hold a doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant area, such as Social Psychology or Health Psychology or similar discipline. You will also have:

• A good knowledge of multivariate statistics.

• High level communication and presentation skills and a history of professional behaviours.

• A record of publication in top peer reviewed journals and conference abstracts.

• Knowledge and skills in more than one of the following areas:

- Design and analysis of consumer surveys

- Choice modelling

Design tree construction.

• The ability to work effectively as part of a research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

• A record of science innovation and creativity.

To be eligible for this postdoctoral fellowship, you must have less than 3 years of relevant research experience since gaining your PhD.


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We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance

How to apply: Please load one document containing your CV and a brief cover letter which outlines your interest in the role and your motivations for applying (Maximum 2MB). At the end of the online application process, you will also be required to respond to some screening questions. 

Applications close: Sunday 17 June, 2018 (11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, AEST)

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