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Senior Research Fellow, Southgate Institute for Health, Society & Equity, Flinders Prevention, Promotion and Primary Health Care, School of Medicine

Vacancy Reference No: 9119
Major Cost Centre: Faculty of Health Sciences
Classification: Research Academic Level C
Salary Range: $84 666 to $97 626 pa full-time
Superannuation: Employer contribution of 17% of salary
Total Remuneration Package: $99 059 to $114 222 pa
The total remuneration package includes salary and employer superannuation contributions.
Employment Type: Fixed-term, full-time (for five years)
Supervisor (Title): Head, Southgate Institute of Health, Society & Equity
Closing date: Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Key Purpose
This position will make a key contribution the Federation Fellowship research
program through the Southgate Institute for Health, Society & Equity. The appointee
will conduct research and develop a research program relating to one of the following
broad areas identified in Professor Baum's Fellowship.

Program 1: Developing theoretical understandings of the links between health
inequities and social exclusion; or

Program 3: Comparative analysis of the implementation of policies, programs and
interventions (including issues of economic governance) intended to reduce health
inequities and social exclusion in different jurisdictions nationally and internationally,
to determine which initiatives are most effective in promoting population health equity.

Organisational Environment

This position is funded by the ARC Federation Fellowship held by Professor Fran
Baum and will be expected to contribute to achieving the aims of that Fellowship
Program.

The Southgate Institute (SIHSE) is a new national centre for research on the social
determinants of health and wellbeing, and health equity. It builds on the reputation of
Flinders University for conducting policy and practice relevant research. The SIHSE
research focus is on what can be done about the underlying factors that determine
the distribution of health and wellbeing outcomes, with a particular emphasis on
labour markets, social exclusion, housing, structure of suburban environments;
economic social and structural determinants of risky and unhealthy behaviours; and
social cultural and economic barriers to health and other related service use. The
SIHSE aims to attract significant external research income, host and facilitate high
profile researchers to visit South Australia and Flinders University, build a multidisciplinary network of researchers at Flinders University with diverse research
interests relating to health, society and equity; engage with policy makers and
conduct policy relevant research; and encourage the development of early career
researchers.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities and selection criteria identified for this position should be read
in conjunction with the Flinders University Academic Profiles for the relevant academic
classification, available at url: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/staff/acprofiles.html.

The incumbent will contribute principally to either Program 1 or Program 3. The
objectives of the Federation Fellowship program as described in the key purpose
section by:

  • Developing, undertaking and coordinate research initiatives/projects on social
  • inclusion, social and economic determinants of health and health inequities,
  • Identify and secure additional funds for research projects and consultancies.
  • Contributing to the project management of research initiatives.
  • Preparing applications for major research grants in collaboration with other
  • researchers in the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity
  • Writing research papers and reports for publication, present conference papers
  • at national and international conferences.
  • Providing co-supervision (and where eligible) principal supervision for PhD
  • students in the Southgate Institute.
  • Contribute to the research capacity development activities of the Southgate
  • Institute
  • Developing collaborative relationships with a range of policy makers. and
  • Promoting and providing a safe working environment for students, staff and
  • visitors with attention to the requirements of relevant Occupational Health &
  • Safety, Workers Rehabilitation & Compensation, and Equal Opportunity Acts
  • applicable to the State in which the position is located. Federal and State/Territory
  • EO legislation is detailed at url: http://www.eoc.sa.gov.au/site/eo_resources/faqs_and_links/links/legislation.jsp
  • and specific OH&S responsibilities applicable to all Flinders University staff are available at url: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ppmanual/ohsw/OHSWPP.html#responsibilities.

Supervision Provided to Others

The incumbent may be responsible for managing general and/or academic staff
according to the University's policies, practices and standards.

Working Relationships

The position reports to the Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and
Equity, Professor Fran Baum. Supervision of students or staff may be required. The
incumbent will also establish multidisciplinary research links across the University
and maintain co-operative working relationships with the SA Social Inclusion Unit,
staff from SA Health and other relevant government Departments, international
agencies and Universities in Australia and overseas.

University Expectations

All staff are expected to:
contribute to the efficient and effective functioning of the team or work unit in order

  • to meet organisational objectives. This includes demonstrating appropriate and professional workplace behaviours, providing assistance to team members if required and undertaking other key responsibilities or activities as directed by one's supervisor;
  • perform their responsibilities in a manner which reflects and responds to continuous improvement; and
  • familiarise themselves and comply with the University's Occupational Health and safety and Equal Opportunity policies.

Selection Criteria

(Note for intending applicants - applicants should address each selection criterion
individually and should argue their case by citing evidence to support their claims
rather than presenting a list of facts only.)

Essential criteria

  1. PhD in social science or public health related discipline.
  2. Research track record in areas relevant to Programs 1 & 3 of the Federation
  3. Fellowship Program including a high level of expertise in one of the following methodological area: qualitative, social epidemiology, or policy research.
  4. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of Programs 1 & 3 of the
  5. Federation Fellowship program and the ways in which they can make a substantial contribution to one o these programs.
  6. Demonstrated ability to win nationally competitive research grant funding.
  7. Demonstrated experience in conducting research with or for policymakers.
  8. Demonstrated experience in supervising PhD students.
  9. Proven ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and with a range ofresearchers, practitioners and policymakers.
  10. Demonstrated ability to develop links with other researchers, policymakers and practitioners and organisations in Australia and overseas.
  11. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.
  12. Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  13. Extensive experience working with a variety of computer software packages including word processing, spread sheets and data analysis.

Desirable criteria

  1. Demonstrated evidence of successful membership of research group related to the aims of the Federation Fellowship program.
  2. Demonstrated ability to advocate for policy change to promote population health equitably either locally, nationally or internationally.
  3. Demonstrated experience in research capacity building.

Selection of Candidates

Candidates will be evaluated on merit against all of the various components that make
up this Position Description. Assessment will take into account all information that is
determined to be appropriate, e.g. written application, qualifications, interview, work
samples, skills testing and referee reports.

All candidates must obtain a copy of the Description of the Program of research for
Professor Fran Baum's Federation Fellowship program and discuss their application
with Professor Baum prior to submitting their application.

The final decision regarding appointment to this position will be based on an
assessment of the requirements of the total Position Description.

Information for Prospective Staff

All intending applicants should read the Essential Information for Applicants, available
at url: http://www.flinders.edu.au/employment/app.php. If you are unable to access this information on the website, please contact the contact person nominated below.
Information about Flinders University, living and working in Adelaide, and employment
at the University is available at url: http://www.flinders.edu.au/employment/why-workflinders/why-work-flinders_home.cfm.

Contact Details

For further information about the position, contact Professor Fran Baum, by email:
fran.baum@flinders.edu.au, or telephone: (08) 7221 8410.

Candidates must discuss the position with the contact person before sending in a
written application.

Submitting an Application

E-recruitment is the method by which Flinders University now manages its recruitment
process. Applications should be lodged on-line at Jobs@Flinders at url:
http://www.flinders.edu.au/employment. For details of the on-line application process,
please refer to Jobs@Flinders - How to Apply available at url:
http://www.flinders.edu.au/employment/apply.cfm.

Please do not forward applications to the Contact Person.

Name of Authorising Officer: Professor Fran Baum
Name of Authorising Officer in Human Resources: Ms Helen Cradock
Date of last update: April, 2009