Research Fellow, Faculty Of Health Sciences job with AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

  • Conduct high-impact research at a leading internationally recognized research institute
  • Full time, fixed term for 2 years based at North Sydney campus

About ACU:

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses: Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown and Rome.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU’s mission and values ​​and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

About The Faculty Of Health Sciences:

The Faculty of Health Sciences comprises three schools: Allied Health; Behavioral and Health Sciences; Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. There are currently approximately 14,000 students (EFTSL) and 530 (FTE) staff in the faculty under the disciplines: occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, exercise science, exercise physiology, nutrition science, biomedical science, nursing, midwifery, paramedicine, physiotherapy , psychology and public health. The Faculty is represented across seven ACU campuses. The Faculty’s current research priorities focus on Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolism, Health Services Research, Nutrition, Sports Performance and Rehabilitation, Psychology and Mental Health. An expanding portfolio of postgraduate courses is also available in coursework and research. Many postgraduate courses within the Faculty have been developed in conjunction with industries in order to meet specific needs of the professions and industry. Some postgraduate units are offered in flexible learning mode by online study. All students have professional and clinical experience that is supervised by specially qualified practitioners. Catholic hospitals and other public, private and specialty organisations, as well as schools and the health and sports industry, are involved with preparing for promoting and offering this valued and essential experience. The goals of the Faculty are closely linked to and emanate from the Mission of the University. The areas of achievement by the Faculty include the key areas of teaching and learning, research and scholarship, community engagement in addition to specific objectives regarding internationalization, quality and resource management. It has well-established procedures for evaluating performance and ensuring quality, which involve students and representatives of the various statutory registration authorities and professional organisations, as well as recent graduates and employers. Further information about the Faculty can be found at:

About Institute For Positive Psychology and Education:

The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) is led by Director Professor Rhonda Craven, in which it conducts multi-disciplinary research to address educational and psychosocial issues, translate theory and research into effective policy and practice, and demonstrate how individuals, communities and Organizations cannot just succeed but flourish and thrive. The Institute conducts research in three program areas: Indigenous Thriving; Positive Psychology; and Human Motivation and Behavior. IPPE is internationally recognized for theoretical, measurement and applied research; a strong track record of external grants and awards; publications in high quality journals; collaborative links with leading international researchers; established relations with community organizations, including high-profile Australian industry partners as well as international partners; and a PhD program encompassing Education, Educational Psychology, Indigenous Education, Positive Psychology, and Sport and Health Psychology, research.

About the role:

As a Research Fellow you will conduct quality research, with a focus on developing knowledge products (eg scalable interventions and policy-relevant systematic reviews) as a member of the Motivation and Behavior Program within IPPE. Support existing and future research projects being conducted in the program; research activities include quantitative analysis, developing and evaluating interventions, conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses; collaborate with research partners, knowledge translation; and attract external research funding. Key projects for 2022-2023 include: knowledge translation through online interventions, data visualizations of recent meta-analyses, and completing analyzes on new systematic reviews. Key research topics for 2022-2023 include: factors influencing children’s health and education (eg, physical activity, sleep, and screen time), and effective altruism (ie, clear and ethical decision-making, ethical education, improving institutional decision-making) .

More specifically the role details:

  • Undertake quantitative research aligned with the strategic priorities of the program, institute, and university.
  • Conduct statistical analyzes for projects being conducted in the research program.
  • Contribute to the training, development, and supervision of HDR students within the program.

You will need to have:

  • PhD in a relevant area (psychology, health, biostatistics, or education).
  • Track record in the targeted research area, including publications in quality journals.
  • Strong statistical analysis skills, with a focus on the R programming language.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong time management and problem solving skills.
  • Experience with a range of research methodologies, such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses, intervention development and evaluation, observational studies, or secondary analysis.
  • High level computer skills, including aptitude with tools to support project management, reporting, and knowledge translation (eg, data visualization, online learning expertise, or multimedia skills).

This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) and/or Working with Vulnerable People Check (WWVP) (ACT only).

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply:

Obtain the Position Description from the website. Applicants are expected to address all selection criteria listed in the position description and outline how they would support the mission of the university. To apply for this role click the ‘View Position Description and Apply’ buttons above or below. Visit Hints and Tips on how to apply.

Total remuneration valued at $126,303 – $148,988 total rem (pro rata) pa, including salary component $106,728 – $126,011 (pro rata) pa (Academic Level B), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General inquiries can be sent to Taren Sanders, Research Fellow, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at:

Candidates must hold Australian work rights to apply for this position. For permanent/continuing roles, applicants must have permanent work rights.

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ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.

Applications close: 01-SEP-2022 at 11:59 pm AUS Eastern Standard Time


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