First listed on: 29 July 2019

Research Promotions Officer 

  • The Matilda Centre is looking for a hands-on Research Promotions Officer to provide health promotion strategies for two evidence-based national online substance use prevention portals
  • Located at the Matilda Centre, Darlington Campus
  • 12 months Fixed Term, full-time opportunity with possible extension depending upon funding and base salary $86K p.a. plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are in a period of exciting and significant investment in our Faculty of Medicine and Health and in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious strategic plan, we are looking for a dynamic Research Promotions Officer to join the progressive team at the Matilda Centre based at Darlington Campus.

The Research Promotion Officer is required to engage with stakeholders to implement health promotions strategies for two evidence-based national online substance use prevention and treatment portals for the community: Positive Choices ( and Cracks in the Ice (

In this role you will engage and build relationships with external agencies providing marketing and communications services to the Matilda Centre. You will also be implementing, optimizing and evaluating health promotion plans for each program, including identifying opportunities to increase audience exposure and engagement. You will be responsible for developing health promotion communications for a range of channels (including websites, social media and print) and target audiences to increase awareness and engagement with Positive Choices and Cracks in the Ice.

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 Research Promotions Officer who possesses the below qualifications and experience:

  • Tertiary qualifications in marketing, public relations, communications or a related discipline or demonstrated equivalent professional experience.  Previous health promotion or not-for-profit experience will be highly regarded
  • demonstrated experience implementing, optimizing and evaluating promotion plans
  • demonstrated ability to write for web, social media and print, with an understanding of what constitutes good copy across all media
  • advanced written communication skills, including writing for diverse audiences and multiple communications channels along with excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills
  • advanced digital administration and analytics skills, including Google Analytics, Hootsuite (or similar) and website content management systems

The ideal candidate will have a general understanding of mental health and substance use research, prevention and/or treatment or the ability to rapidly learn a new field to a high degree of understanding They will have exceptional communication skills along with the ability to work autonomously to complete the tasks within set timelines and budgets.

About us

More about the Matilda Centre can be found here

As one of the Asia Pacific region's most highly rated education and research institutions, Sydney Medical School is dedicated to improving health through excellence in research, creating new knowledge and fostering innovation and research at the highest level, across the disciplines of basic science, clinical medicine and public health. Research is focused on both discovery and translating discoveries into improved healthcare, with major programs of research into diseases and health challenges of national and international significance.

Established at the University of Sydney in 2018, The Matilda Centre will provide a world-first synergy of leading prevention, early intervention and treatment research and translation programs in substance use and mental disorders. The Matilda Centre brings together researchers currently working across disorder silos (substance use, mental health, suicide, exercise physiology, dietetics, chronic disease) to share skills, synergise data, and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention, early intervention and treatment programs for substance use and mental disorders. 

The Matilda Centre houses several NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence and state, national and international programs in mental health and substance use research.  The Matilda Centre develops and maintains partnerships and collaborations with government, philanthropy, local health districts and other agencies to drive world-class innovative research and translate evidence into public health policy and practice.

The Centre has over 55 academic and professional staff and over 50 ongoing projects and a strong growth trajectory. 

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.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1401/0719F to apply.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 14 August 2019

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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