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The School of Optometry and Vision Science is one of the largest and most prestigious optometry schools’ in Australia/Asia. It offers a three-year Bachelor of Vision Science undergraduate program, which can be taken as a standalone degree with the option of an honours year or lead to a two-year Master of Clinical Optometry at the postgraduate level. The Master of Clinical Optometry qualifies graduates to practice as an Optometrist in Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries.
With world-class research facilities and staff with international reputations, the School offers the most comprehensive postgraduate degrees in Australia, including higher degree research; PhD, MSc and a Doctorate in Clinical Research in Optometry. In addition, coursework degrees Master of Optometry, and Graduate Certificates in Ocular Therapeutics and Myopia Management are offered.
Research in the School of Optometry and Vision Science encompasses a diverse range of topics and disciplines, including basic, applied and clinical research in the science of vision. The School’s multidisciplinary approach to research is one of its key strengths.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is based within the Public Health Group at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and is responsible for conducting research studies under the mentorship of the Head of School and other senior academics.
About the role
- Level A $76k – $102k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
- Level B $107k – $126k plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
- Full-time (35 hours per week)
The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow reports to Head of School, School of Optometry and Vision Science and has no direct reports.
Specific responsibilities for this role include:
- Design and implement research studies in eye health.
- Conduct health systems research in eye health.
- Assist with the development of the Public Health research program at the School of Optometry and Vision Science.
- Ensure research is conducted in adherence with Study Protocols, in compliance with Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approvals, and meets all reporting requirements to HREC, Stakeholder and Regulatory authorities.
- Collect study-specific data and maintain records.
- Manage research results including data entry, analysis and preparation of results for presentation at meetings.
- Disseminate research results through writing of scientific papers for international journals and progress reports for industry partners.
- Assist in the recruitment and follow-up of study participants and other administrative duties for Public Health research projects.
- Efficiently manage advertising, screening, participant enrolments and scheduling of participants’ visits to ensure study milestones and timelines are met.
- Contribute to the development of new research projects through funding applications and initiation of collaborations within the School.
- Assist with the preparation of Human Research Ethics applications and associated documentation to meet submission deadlines.
- Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students as required.
- Conduct tutorial and classes as required.
- Complete research administration tasks, including accountability of study investigational products and completion of Good Clinical Practice and other training requirements as required.
- Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.
In addition to the responsibilities for Level A Postdoc, a Level B Postdoc will be expected to:
- Develop new research projects through funding applications and initiation of collaborations within the School with assistance from senior academics.
- Actively contribute to the preparation of Human Research Ethics applications and associated documentation to meet submission deadlines.
- Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students as required.
- Conduct lectures, tutorials and classes as required.
- Be responsible for research administration tasks, including accountability of study investigational products and completion of Good Clinical Practice and other training requirements as required.
- Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.
About the successful applicant
To be successful in this role you will have:
- A PhD or equivalent qualification in Public Health.
- Demonstrated experience to set up and monitor new and existing experimental projects.
- Demonstrated professional experience in the eye health sector, particularly in implementation science, translational or health systems research.
- Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methods including use of software programs such as SAS, STATA, nViVO.
- Demonstrated experience in research project as evidenced by conference presentations and publications including high-quality publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team and contribute to overall project objectives.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise honours and graduate students.
- Demonstrated excellence in administration with attention to detail and diligent record keeping.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.
In addition to the selection criteria for Level A Postdoc, a Level B Postdoc will be expected to have:
- A record, or demonstrated ability, of success in securing external research funding competitive research bodies and other sources.
- A demonstrated strong track record of research as evidenced by publication papers and presentation of seminars.
You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. For informal queries, please see the below contact details.
Otherwise, please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.
Applications close: November 15th, 2019