New Lambton
  • Base salary up to $109,500 + superannuation
  • Full-time, fixed term (1 year)
  • Located in Newcastle

About the Hunter Medical Research Institute

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), has earned a reputation for translating its world-class medical research into real and immediate benefits for patients and their families. It is an exciting time for HMRI having recently received seed funding from the NSW Department of Health to lead a team of NSW-based institutions comprising leaders in cardiology, clinical trials, implementation, health technology assessment, health economics, impact assessment and policy development.   This team will include representatives from The University of Sydney, the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance, the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre and the Sax Institute, amongst others.  To assist this team with a submission of a first-class bid for a 2021 NHMRC Synergy Grant in the area of cardiovascular health and impact assessment, HMRI are now seeking an innovative and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Fellow.

About the Role

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Fellow position is to assess the impact from funded cardiovascular research, working with a team of health economists, impact specialists and cardiovascular (CV) researchers.   Specifically, this role will:

  • Develop a system that supports and encourages research translation and impact from CV research. The study team will provide input to this work and it will be supported by two national roundtables of relevant research leaders and end users.
  • Develop training media and materials to assist CV researchers within the ecosystem to understand research impact assessment and how it informs research along the pathway to impact. 
  • Design a prototype research funding framework that a) leverages the training media/materials, and b) optimises the potential for CV projects that apply for funding to translate and generate impact.
  • Under the guidance of impact specialists, conduct a retrospective impact assessment of one multicentre CV research project funded by the Heart Foundation, MRFF, NSW Health or NHMRC.
  • Produce, with the CI team, peer-reviewed papers documenting the outcomes from the projects.
  • Take a leading role in drafting a NHMRC Synergy application for submission in 2021. This will include infusing the Synergy grant with outcomes from the Seeding Grant.

What you’ll need to succeed

  • Hold a PhD degree in health economics, applied economics or related field, or relevant Master’s degree with sound experience in a similar role
  • An understanding of impact assessments, including economic evaluation techniques such as cost-benefit analysis (or other relevant skills in, for example, public health, maths or statistics)
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Experience writing academic manuscripts and grant applications
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • High level computer skills particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel and at least one statistical package (e.g. SPSS, SAS etc.)
  • Post-graduate qualifications in health economics or health services research will be viewed favourably.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines.  

Terms of appointment

This position is available on a fixed-term basis for 12-months in a full-time capacity, with the possibility of contract renewal subject to availability of funding.  The base salary available is up to $109,500 (+ superannuation), dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Very attractive salary packaging options are also available.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.

How to Apply

Download the position description

All applications must include a cover letter, current resume including at least two (2) work-related referees, and responses to all of the selection criteria outlined above.  Please note that applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. 

Position enquiries can be directed to Andrew Searles: andrew.searles@hmri.org.au.

Recruitment enquiries can be directed to Melanie Cowie: melanie.cowie@hmri.org.au or 02 4042 0813.

Applications close:  Sunday 24 May 2020, 11:59pm