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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job No:511933
Area:Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Part Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work (NMSW) was established in 2015, as a result of the merging of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Social Work and Human Services. The School is a leader in the study of nursing, midwifery, social work and counselling, demonstrating excellence through innovative, creative, and dynamic teaching and research, in a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and engaging environment. The School is committed to conducting academic, research and community partnership programs that are recognised for their excellence in contributing to health and well-being in the community. The School is responsible for a number of programs including the Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery dual degree, Master of Nursing Studies, Master of Social Work Studies and the Master of Counselling degrees. It has extensive, well-established partnerships in the hospital, health care, social welfare and disability sectors and a developing cohort of research higher degree students.

Further details about the School and its activities may be accessed on the School’s web site at

About This Opportunity

This position will work as a member of the “Enhancing Children’s Journey Through Out-of-Home Care” research team. This study aims to improve the experiences of, and outcomes for, Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC). Drawing on detailed longitudinal, qualitative interview data from children in out-of-homecare, their birth families and carers across geographically diverse sites in Queensland, the study will build a rich understanding of their experiences. Outcomes include improved knowledge of how to strengthen children's connections to culture and caring relationships during OOHC and how these connections shape children's wellbeing. Benefits include improved outcomes for children and better practice to achieve positive social, cultural and emotional well-being for those involved OOHC especially in Indigenous communities.

This position will occasionally be required to travel to regional sites across Queensland for research purposes. 

Opportunities may exist for the successful applicant to complement this position with additional teaching and learning activities within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work or research activities with the Institute for Social Science Research.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful for this opportunity, you will hold, or be nearing completion of, a PhD in a relevant discipline area. You will bring an emerging research profile, with evidence of publications or presenting at conferences, as well as evidence of contributions toward obtaining external research funding. Your qualitative research experience will have seen you conduct interviews, collect data, perform data analysis and interpretation, and write reports. You will also hold experience working with qualitative software (preferably NVIVO). 

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity. It is a condition of employment that you hold, or be eligible to obtain, a blue card and yellow card. This position will be subject to a satisfactory criminal history check.

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

This is a part-time (0.8FTE), fixed term position from 1 February 2021 until 31 January 2024 at Academic level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $85,300 - $94,637, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $99,801 - $110,725.

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

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

Position Description

Download File 511933_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Karen Healy.

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 UQ Careers 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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