First listed on: 25 November 2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow required to contribute to the update, research and dissemination activities for the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus at the Matilda Centre
  • Full-time, 12-month fixed term position with a base salary of $96K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

As the Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will contribute to the update, research and dissemination activities of the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use.

This is an exciting, full-time opportunity to work on an evidence-based resource led by Dr Christina Marel that aims to build capacity in the alcohol and other drug workforce in relation to co-occurring mental health conditions. This role will be suited to someone who is interested in translating research into practice.

You will work with a project team to update Australian Government Department of Health-funded national guidelines on the management of co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions. This will involve undertaking multiple comprehensive reviews of the literature and producing high quality drafts of material by synthesising evidence from literature reviews, feedback from consultations with key stakeholders and the projects’ investigators, within the project’s deadlines. You will also have the opportunity to actively contribute to research proposals and applications to external funding bodies, and contribute to the production of high quality research outputs.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; 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 has:

  • A PhD in psychology, public health, behavioural sciences or a related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrated experience liaising with key stakeholders or experts.
  • Sound knowledge of substance use and mental health issues and/or previous research experience in relation to mental health and/or substance use prevention or treatment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to translate evidence-based research into practice, or proven capacity to contribute to translation activities, beyond peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters.
  • Demonstrated capacity to undertake high quality reviews of the scientific and grey literature.
  • Excellent high-level organisational and time-management skills, including demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, establish priorities and meet deadlines, with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated understanding of qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology, and experience and skill in data collection, management and statistical analysis.
  • Demonstrated capacity to contribute to research dissemination as evidenced by peer reviewed (or equivalent) publications and conference presentations.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary research team.

About us

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use provides 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 in broad fields to share skills, integrate 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 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 a strong growth trajectory with over 70 academic and professional staff, and over 50 ongoing projects. For more information on the Centre please go to:

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1265/1020F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, 9 January 2021

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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