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Research Fellow

Menzies School of Health Research - Darwin, NT

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
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About Menzies:

As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

About the position:

The Diabetes across the Lifecourse: Northern Australia Partnership, is a collaboration between health service providers, policy makers, researchers and communities across Northern Australia. This position will involve contributions to qualitative and mixed methods research within the diabetes in pregnancy and/or diabetes in youth programs of the Partnership. Both these programs involve co-design projects with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations to improve health outcomes of Aboriginal people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes in Pregnancy program aims to investigate and improve the health of women in the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland with diabetes in pregnancy and their babies. The activities focus on translating evidence into practice through a diabetes in pregnancy clinical register and co-designing and implementing community-based programs to improve maternal health before, during and after a pregnancy with diabetes. The youth diabetes program aims to co-design, pilot and evaluate improved models of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth with type 2 diabetes across individual, health service and community tiers.

The Research Fellow will contribute to the design, implementation, evaluation and translation of qualitative and mixed methods research within the Partnership. The Research Fellow will contribute to the existing research program and develop, undertake and manage new research. This includes but is not limited to sourcing new funding and building the capacity and capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, junior staff and students.

Capacity development is an explicit goal of the program, and the Research Fellow will be supported in building their career. Training will be provided as appropriate, based on individual learning plans.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant health-related field.
  • Extensive experience in qualitative research and/or project evaluation and monitoring which demonstrates a strong track record, relevant methodological rigour and expertise.
  • Demonstrated highly developed writing skills, including the ability to achieve tight deadlines, which has resulted in peer-reviewed publications and high level reports.
  • Highly developed verbal communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to think analytically and critically as well as to synthesise relevant data in the stated area(s) of interest.
  • Demonstrated ability to present research findings in a clear and engaging way to academic, professional and community audiences.
  • Proven project management skills and experience with ability to take initiative, solve problems and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interact effectively in a culturally safe manner with people from diverse cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from NT urban and remote communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under broad direction, as part of a multidisciplinary team and in collaboration with others.
  • Strong commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improving public policy.
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively to secure competitive and other research grants in Australia and/or internationally.
  • Willingness to travel to remote communities (by light aircraft or 4WD) several times a year.
  • A current NT driver’s license and Working with Children Clearance (OCHRE card) or the willingness and ability to obtain and maintain both.


  • A demonstrated understanding of diabetes and/or maternal health policy and research, especially in Northern Australia and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the principles and issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander co-design program design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Established relationships with people and organisations in NT, North Queensland and/or Kimberley.

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

Contact: Louise Maple-Brown on 08 8946 8698 or email louise.maple-brown@menzies.edu.au

What we offer:

  • A fixed term, two year contract.
  • Full time or Part time (0.8 FTE) negotiable
  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $133,082 - $140,685 pa, salary package (comprising gross salary $106,833 - $140,685 pa, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.

Closing date: Sunday, 27 June 2021

Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8626.