Research Fellow in Health Economics
University of Queensland

Research Fellow in Health Economics

  • ­Faculty of Medicine

  • Bring your expertise to the newly established ULTRA program

  • Build and develop a world-class team of Health Economists

  • Based at our vibrant and picturesque Herston Campus


About UQ


As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.


At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.


As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.


About This Opportunity


We are seeking to appoint a Professorial Research Fellow in Clinical Trials and Health Economics to provide methodological leadership and health economics leadership to the Centre of Health Services Research and the newly established University of Queensland cLinical TRials cApability (ULTRA) program. This is an exceptional opportunity to build and develop a world-class team of health economists in clinical trials, health services research and technology assessment. This is an exciting opportunity for a Professorial Research Fellow to engage in research that sustains their reputation for outstanding research and international leadership in health economics in randomised clinical trials and health services research more broadly. At this level the incumbent will make outstanding contributions in service and engagement roles and activities. This is a shared role, 0.5FTE with the ULTRA team, and 0.5FTE with the Centre for Health Services Research.


As a research focused academic at level E the incumbent is expected to demonstrate outstanding leadership in guiding the development of others, major funding initiatives and intellectual leadership beyond his or her specific areas of research. We expect the role to be best suited to a health economist who is leading the design and analysis of health economics before, during and after randomised trials.


Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Develop and build the ULTRA interdisciplinary team and program, as well as the Centre for Health Services Research multidisciplinary teams to accelerate UQ’s capability, capacity, co-ordination and competitiveness.

  • Grow UQ’s portfolio of high quality, investigator-led RCTs, clinical trials and cohort studies that harness the benefits of innovation in design, conduct, analysis and impact generation.

  • Maintain a record of international recognition and leadership in health economics and methodology by publishing in high quality national and international research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications.

  • Initiate and lead funding initiatives and applications as chief investigator role in applications for significant research funding to support trials and the ULTRA and Centre for Health Services Research's research programs, clinical trials health economic capacity and other related activities. This includes actively seeking, obtaining and managing research and consultancy funding.

  • Develop and deliver education and training opportunities in health economics in clinical trials, through for example concept development workshops and other activities offered by the ULTRA program team.

  • Build and develop health economic capability within the ULTRA program, the Clinical Trials Centre and the Centre for Health Services Research.

  • Support and mentor other health economists and relevant professional staff, including more junior academics and researchers, in their professional development, driving individual and team commitment in the pursuit of innovation, excellence and success in RCTs.


This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.


This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 5 years. At Academic level E. The full-time equivalent base salary will be $204,204.64, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be $238,919.43 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.


The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.



University of Queensland cLinical TRials cApability (ULTRA)


Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are an important component of the healthcare system as they provide gold standard, most robust evidence about the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions. Evidence from RCTs transforms healthcare, shapes decisions about healthcare expenditure, and most importantly, improves the health of the population. However, RCTs are typically expensive, have long timelines, often fail to recruit, and take too long to translate their results into clinical practice. Innovation in trials is urgently needed. By employing innovative trial designs, RCTs during the COVID 19 pandemic have delivered rapid outcomes with immediate impact on patient care. Locking in this learning in The University of Queensland’s investigator-led RCTs will lead to effective treatments being accessible sooner. The ULTRA program has been created by the University to build capability and capacity in innovative trial design, conduct, analysis and translation. The program’s interdisciplinary team of methodological specialists will lead and collaborate to generate an end-to-end pipeline from ‘ideation’ through to ‘close-out’ and translation of investigator-led innovative RCTs.


Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR)


CHSR is a is a multidisciplinary research, consultancy and graduate training centre. The Centre conducts specialised health research programs, and comprises of globally recognised experts in a wide range of disciplines including ageing and geriatric medicine, kidney medicine, behavioural science, biostatistics, health economics, clinical informatics and telehealth. Our researchers collaborate extensively with the ULTRA team and clinical trials unit, and many are engaged in national and international clinical trials and cohort study of major impact.


About You  

  • Completion of a PhD in health economics or other relevant discipline closely related to the design and analysis of health economics in clinical trials.

  • A recognised expert in the design, conduct and analysis of health economic data in RCTs, clinical and implementation trials, cohort studies and health technology assessment with an outstanding record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • A sustained record of outstanding outcomes and contributions to research training and research policy at a national and international level.

  • Ability to lead strategic research agendas and research teams, with an outstanding record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing significant external research funding from institutional and commercial sources.

  • An excellent record of supervision of honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.

  • An outstanding record of meaningful internal leadership roles in conjunction with a high level of leadership in external activities at a national and international level.


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Monika Janda, Director CHSR or Professor Nadine Foster, Director, UQ Clinical Trials Unit. For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply? 


All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section


Other Information 


At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoplespeople with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to


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Applications close: Thursday 27 June at 11.00pm AEST (R-38524).

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