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Research Officer

Apply now Job No:511893
Area:Faculty of Medicine
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: Other

The School of Public Health

The University of Queensland was, in 1936, the first university in the English-speaking world to establish a Department of Social Medicine. This evolved in the 1950’s to the Department of Preventative and Social Medicine and the School was formally established in 2001 to improve health outcomes through learning, discovery and engagement. The School of Public Health has recently been ranked as the top Public Health school in Australasia in the US News Global university rankings. We are a global leader in improving the health of populations in a changing and inequitable world.

The School’s strategy is centered on academic performance and a commitment to excellence in teaching. We offer programs and courses in all major fields of population and public health to almost 1000 postgraduate and undergraduate students. Our MPH is the only accredited program in the Australasia and S.E. Asia region (APHEA and ASPHER) and one of the few to offer a dual MD/MPH degree. More than 100 research higher degree (PhD and MPhil) students actively contribute to the School’s vibrant research culture while receiving comprehensive preparat Demonstrated ability to problem solve and adapt to dynamic project tasks and requirements. • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a dynamic research environment.ion for academic careers or leadership roles in public health. Our research and engagement strategy is focused on making a real impact on some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. Our major research and engagement themes are: health promotion; climate change and environmental health; mental health; blood borne viruses; women’s health; and, health systems.

About This Opportunity

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to research that impacts the world's most pressing population and public health challenges.  Specifically, this role will involve research in child and adolescent psychiatric epidemiology, with a focus on the prevalence of mental disorders in low- and middle- income countries. You will contribute to the National Adolescent Mental Health Surveys (NAMHS), an international survey project investigating mental disorders in adolescents in Kenya, Indonesia, and Vietnam. 

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide support to the management of research projects including assisting in the organising and conducting meetings and training, contributing to the development of survey materials and protocols, and participating in the preparation of reports for funders and other stakeholders.
  • Assist the Principal Investigator and senior project staff in maintaining relationships with international collaborators, research organisations, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Analysis of quantitative data under the direction of the NAMHS Principal Investigator
  • Contribute to peer-reviewed publications, reports and briefing papers, as well as presentations at national and international conferences.
  • Participate in the preparation of grant applications for submission to research organisations, such as the National Health and Medical Research Council, universities (including The University of Queensland), and governments (including Queensland Health).

The role is based at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR) located in Wacol, QLD. As the project is conducted across multiple countries, an ability to attend after hours meetings may be required. 

Our Ideal Candidate

We are seeking individuals who can working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a dynamic research environment, an undergraduate degree in the field of psychology, epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or other relevant area, and who have the following skills and experience: 

  • A high level of computer literacy, especially word processing, reference management, data entry, and document organisation; 
  • Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to prioritise activities in order to project deadlines and requirements;
  • A flexible work approach and willingness to attend after hours meetings with international partners when required;
  • Ability to travel interstate and internationally, given a reasonable degree of flexibility and timing.

Other desirable skills and experience include a research higher degree (Masters or PhD) in the field of psychology, epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or other relevant area; knowledge of psychiatric epidemiology, with a specific focus on children and adolescents; submission of grant applications; and a level of proficiency in Kiswahili, Vietnamese, or Bahasa Indonesia. 

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please see the attached Position Description. 

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

There are two full-time, fixed term positions available until 31 December 2021 (there may be the opportunity for extension) at Research Academic Level A. 

The full-time equivalent base salary at Level A will be in the range $70,729 – $88,411 plus super of up to 17% (total package available will be in the range of $94,923 - $103,440).

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, discounted private health insurance, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 Position Description_Research Officer A.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Holly Erskine at 

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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