Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Applied Urban Development University of New South Wales, Medicine Australia

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Applied Urban Development

Job no: 496504

Work type: Fixed term / Part time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Post doctoral research fellow

The Organisation


UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.


The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) is a UNSW research centre operating from four hub locations: on campus at Randwick, and at South West Sydney Local Health District, Liverpool, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), Darlinghurst and Sutherland and Sydney Local Health District (SLHD), Camperdown. CPHCE’s Mission is to contribute to better, fairer health and health care in the community by conducting research, evaluation and development that strengthens primary health care and addresses health inequities.


This role is within one of these hubs: The Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) which is part of the Division of Clinical Services Integration and Population Health in the SLHD.


The SLHD’s goals include supporting and promoting personal and community health, empowerment and responsibility and a health-promoting environment and works in close partnership with other organisations including the Primary Health Networks to provide an integrated web of primary and community health services across public and private health services.


The SLHD is experiencing a high rate of urban (re)development, with the population expected to increase by 40% by 2030. One example of the sorts of projects expected to contribute to this growth is the redevelopment of the Waterloo Public Housing Estate, current plans for which include an increase in dwellings from approximately 2,000 to 6,800 over the next 15 to 20 years. Given the close relationship between health and the built environment, this presents high levels of both risk and opportunity. If health and wellbeing are not adequately considered in strategies, plans and projects, the health of the local population could be negatively affected for decades to come. Conversely, there is an excellent opportunity to influence this development to facilitate positive health impacts in the short, medium and long term.


About the role

Part-time (0.8 FTE), Fixed Term 1-Year position(possible extension funding dependent)
Prorated: $105,108 - $146, 465 (plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
Predominately based at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown.
In collaboration with the HERDU Director, the Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Applied Urban Development will advocate for and support healthy urban development by conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) on development proposals, conducting research on development projects, and develop guides and checklists that support others to contribute to urban development processes and outcomes. This position may be of interest to social planners.


The role of the Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Applied Urban Development reports to the Director, HERDU and has no direct reports.


Please refer to the attached job description for a detailed list of responsibilities. Download File Applied Urban Development Research-Snr Research Fellow


About the successful applicant

You will have a PhD or Master’s Degree in Public Health, Urban Development, Planning, Geography, or equivalent discipline.
You will also have a strong understanding of urban development policy and practice, including social and/or health impact assessment.
A demonstrated ability to conceptualise and implement research and evaluation in areas relevant to urban development, and to develop these into research protocols.
You will have a proven track record in leading research from conception to implementation (including research protocols) and evaluation in at least one of the following areas: health equity, partnership and inter-sectoral action for health, urban development, community engagement and community development.
Demonstrated ability to establish, build and sustain partnerships including working with government and non-government sectors.
Evidence of an increasing trajectory of research excellence and productivity, including a proven track recording of peer-reviewed publications, and of potential to lead research projects independently.
You should systematically address the selection criteria from the position description in your application.


Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.



A/Professor Jane Lloyd - Director of The Health Equity Research and Development Unit


Applications close: 11pm 18th April 2019

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Position Description

Advertised: 21 Mar 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 18 Apr 2019 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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