Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Health Innovation job with MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY – SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

  • Salary Package: From $76,173 – $102,570 (Level A) p.a., plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rated for part-time position.
  • Appointment type: Part-time 0.5 FTE (17.5 hours per week), fixed-term for 2 years
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow with strong qualitative research skills and a background in healthcare to contribute to an exciting new project in health service design for NSW hospital Emergency Departments (ED).

The successful candidate will be required to participate in all aspects of the research, including preparing ethics applications, developing focus group/interview templates, recruiting expert stakeholders to focus groups, designing and running semi-structured interviews, analysing the findings, developing evidence statements and writing up the results for dissemination. They will work with consumers and clinicians to design and implement the focus groups and analyse the resulting data. While this part time position will work the standard Monday to Friday business hours, on occasion there will be a need to work with consumer and clinician participants outside of normal business hours (e.g. early mornings or evenings) to coordinate or collect focus group or interview data.

About You

You will be an enthusiastic researcher with an interest and commitment to making a difference to the healthcare experience and outcomes for vulnerable consumers who visit hospital Emergency Departments. You will have completed a PhD and enjoy working as part of a team. You will have experience in conducting qualitative and/or mixed methods research in a healthcare setting.

About Us

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world, and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

Macquarie University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences builds on our aspiration to have the nation’s first fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre under a university’s leadership. It brings together the excellent work of medical and allied-health clinicians and researchers across the University and around the country, with unparalleled access to world-leading clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus.

The Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) is an internationally leading health services research facility. AIHI is located at the North Ryde Campus of Macquarie University and brings together four well-known, leading and highly successful research centres that work in the separate but related areas of complexity science, implementation science, health informatics, health outcomes, human factors and health system design, health economics, and health systems and safety. AIHI is a multidisciplinary environment and operates with a philosophy of teamwork and mutual professional support and respect. We have a strong environment for excellent scholarship, research activities and output. The position is in the Human Factors and Resilience Research Stream, led by Associate Professor Robyn Clay-Williams.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter (of no more than 3 pages) that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A PhD or equivalent in a health-related discipline (e.g. health services research, human factors, or psychology)
  • Demonstrable experience in applying qualitative and/or mixed research methods to healthcare data
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with diverse or vulnerable groups (e.g. older people, people with a disability, people with a mental health condition, or people with a culturally and linguistically diverse background)
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritise different work demands
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Experience in the preparation of ethics applications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to prepare reports and publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Computer skills including MS Office, research and database management and research software (such as EndNote)


  • Experience working with healthcare stakeholders, including consumers and clinicians
  • Experience with research involving co-design with participants
  • Knowledge or understanding of human factors principles and tools

Note: This position requires you to comply with occupational screening, assessment and vaccinations in line with Macquarie University health requirements. You may also have to satisfy Macquarie University that you meet all background checks (including criminal record and qualification checks).

Please note: Applications for this position are only being accepted people currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

Specific Role Enquiries: Associate Professor Robyn Clay-Williams, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Australian Institute of Health Innovation at [email protected]

Recruitment Enquiries: Jasmine Xia, HR Assistant at [email protected]

Applications Close: Wednesday 6 July 2022 at 11:55 pm AEDT


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