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Senior Research Fellow

Posted date: 04 / 06 / 2024

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI687
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Sunday, 30 Jun 2024
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Full-Time, 12-Month Fixed Term Contract

The Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme (AHE) at SAHMRI, located on the lands of the Kaurna people, is a leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led unit dedicated to wellbeing and achieving health equity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia through quality and safe health and medical research.

Research focus: Diabetes management and care.

The Aboriginal Diabetes Workforce Study works with the Aboriginal Community Controlled and State Government primary health care services in South Australia, to co-design, deliver and evaluate an evidence-based, culturally, and contextually relevant diabetes care for the Aboriginal Health Care Workers and Practitioners to improve health outcomes and care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Senior Research Officer will play an integral role in the study in implementing and evaluating the training program, and will work in partnership with the Aboriginal community, Aboriginal primary health care workforce and participating organisations.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support the Program Lead with the development and implementation of research activities in the Aboriginal Health Workforce Study with the support of team members and the Program Lead.
  • Provide leadership, coordination and oversight of the research across a range of research activities.
  • Provide high-quality research support to project team members to successfully achieve research milestones and outputs.
  • Lead the preparation of ethics applications, service and site agreements, reporting and study documentation and dissemination of research outputs and outcomes.
  • Support and embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance into the research through coordination and convening of the project Steering Committee.
  • Lead and contribute to the preparation of papers for publication in high impact peer-reviewed journals.
  • Communicate research findings and assist with the development and implementation of knowledge translation activities, within high impact peer-reviewed journals, at conferences and within committees and other bodies relevant to the role.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • PhD in Public Health, Health Services Research, Epidemiology, Health Science or a related discipline as well as demonstrated experience contributing to research projects and leading Aboriginal health research projects.
  • Experience working with the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community or organisations is highly desirable.
  • Experience leading research projects and teams, with the ability to support members of the team to carry out research activities and achieve milestones.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research methods including in evaluation.
  • A strong academic writing ability.
  • Knowledge of systems and processes to support the collation and management of high-quality data and accuracy in research.
  • Understanding of the Australian and additional Indigenous specific ethical requirements and processes of human research.


Special Requirements

  • Some out of hours work may be required.
  • DCSI Employment Screening and Police Checks may be required.
  • Some travel interstate and intrastate, including to urban, regional, or remote parts of South Australia may be required.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900!  Ordinarily, your employer takes out income tax from your pay and deposits the remainder into your bank account. You then pay all your living expenses – including your rent or mortgage, car repayments, insurances, groceries and utility bills – and if you’re lucky, have a bit left over.  But with salary packaging with us, you still get paid the same salary, but we help you pay those same expenses before tax is taken out! This creates a huge savings for you - your taxable income could go down, your disposable income could go up, and with some of these expenses already taken care of, you could have more money for other essentials and surprises! To play with a calculator to see how much you could save, check out more information on the Maxxia website.


For a copy of the full position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Odette Pearson at

Applications close: 11:29pm ACST Sunday 30th June 2024

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply


SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Sunday, 30 Jun 2024


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