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Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows

University of Sydney | Sydney | Australia | Western Pacific
Reference no. 172/0218
  • Become an integral part of the Evidence, Policy and Influence Collaborative at the Charles Perkins Centre 
  • Located at Charles Perkin Centre, Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time fixed term for two years (with possible extension for one year), remuneration up to $108K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation
About the opportunity 

We are seeking two Postdoctoral Research Fellows to take leading roles in a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project examining bias in nutrition research.  We will apply our multidisciplinary perspective and methods of systematic review, meta-analysis, modelling and network mapping to investigate whether and where bias exists in the design, conduct and publication of nutrition research. We will quantify the influence of bias at all stages in the research—from research agenda to publication.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to innovate methods, establish an independent program of research, engage in collaborative projects, and disseminate the findings in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and to relevant stakeholders.  Our goal is to improve the design, conduct and evaluation of nutrition research and the evidence base for dietary recommendations.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who will have a leadership role in our current research projects, in mentoring postgraduate and undergraduate students and in providing day-to-day oversight of this NHMRC project. In this role you will innovate methods, establish an independent program of research, engage in collaborative projects, and disseminate your findings in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and to relevant stakeholders.

Specifically you will:

  • undertake significant research in the area of influences on research evidence and health recommendations prepare and present research outcomes in journal papers and conferences 
  • engage in multidisciplinary scholarly activities consistent with the mission of the Charles Perkins Centre 
  • participate in the group’s academic and operational meetings
  • undertake continuing professional development activities in ethics/health services research/ evidence synthesis.

To be successful you need to meet the below Selection Criteria:


  • PhD in epidemiology, health policy, public health, clinical epidemiology, nutrition or other relevant field
  • theoretical background in risks of bias, ethics or conflicts of interest in health-related fields
  • strong quantitative skills   
  • experience in the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews, including meta-analysis and the assessment of reporting bias
  • expertise in working through problems systematically and cooperatively with colleagues and implementing agreed solutions
  • demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • demonstrated ability to manage team-based research projects and to work with an international multi-disciplinary research team.
  • experience or success with competitive grants process
  • experience mentoring postgraduate, honours and summer students or supervisory experience
  • experience in preparation of research protocols and ethics applications

About us

As an integral member of the Evidence, Policy and Influence Collaborative you will participate in research nodes on bias in research and evidence synthesis.  We are an independent multi-disciplinary research group undertaking a program of work examining diverse influences on the design, conduct and publication of research and health information using quantitative and qualitative methods. Your role in this group is fundamental to the group’s research activities in supporting research outputs. You will report to Professor Lisa Bero, who heads the group.   
Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.  We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

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Closing date: 6 weeks from advertising

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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