POSITION DESCRIPTION Job Title: Research Fellows Organisation School of Population Health and School of Human Movement Studies Unit: Reference 3012449 Number: Type of There are several full-time, fixed term appointments available for 3 to 5 Employment: years. These appointments will be made across Research Academic Levels A to D. Classification: Academic Research Level A,B,C or D. The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and academic achievements. Remuneration: A salary package consisting of: Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Academic Level A $42,676 to $57,887 per annum base salary $49,931 to $67,728 per annum including employer superannuation of 17% of salary Research Fellow – Academic Level B $60,934 to $72,359 per annum base salary $71,293 to $84660 per annum including employer superannuation of 17% of salary Senior Research Fellow – Academic Level C $74,644 to $86,069 per annum base salary $87,333 to $100,700 per annum including employer superannuation of 17% of salary Principal Research Fellow – Academic Level D $89,877 to $99,017 per annum base salary $105,156 to $115,850 per annum including employer superannuation of 17% of salary An employee superannuation contribution of 7% of salary is mandatory. This may be salary sacrificed from pre-tax earnings. Closing Date: 19 September 2005 Further Professor Neville Owen on (07) 3365 5528 or firstname.lastname@example.org Information: Professor Wendy Brown on (07) 3365 6446, or email@example.com BACKGROUND Organisational Environment The Cancer Prevention Research Centre (CPRC) was established in 1990 in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the Medical School at The University of Queensland with funding from Queensland Health. It is now located in the School of Population Health at The University of Queensland. It has strong collaborative links through its research projects with Queensland Health and the Queensland Cancer Fund, with the International Diabetes Institute, the Australian national network of cancer prevention research centres and with other disease prevention research centres in the USA and Europe. Physical activity research is a major focus of the Centre’s work. The School of Human Movement Studies (Faculty of Health Sciences) is based at the University's St Lucia campus, close to excellent sporting and recreational facilities. The School has strong collaborative research links with a wide range of government and non-government research, policy and service bodies. Fellows will be based in either the School of Population Health or the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland. Both Schools have strong collaborative links through their research projects with Queensland Health, Brisbane City Council, Australian Government Departments, the Queensland Cancer Fund, the National Heart Foundation, and other industry partners. Cancer Prevention Research: The overall research program addresses the behavioural risk factors for major cancers (physical inactivity, weight gain, cigarette smoking and sun exposure). The aim is to better understand the personal, social and environmental determinants of risk related behaviours and to develop and test evidence-based interventions. There are opportunities for both problem-focussed and theoretically driven research. Physical Activity and Population Health: Studies address measurement, interventions, theory driven studies, cohort studies and investigations of personal, social and environmental influences on physical activity. This Brisbane-based program is supplemented by external research staff, as well as by international visiting scholars. There are strong links with our co-investigator at the University of Sydney (Professor Adrian Bauman) and his physical activity and health research team. Information for Prospective Staff Information about the University, State of Queensland, living in Brisbane and employment at the University is at the University’s web site. (http://www.uq.edu.au/) For a comprehensive guide to family friendly work practices and services, visit the Work and Family web site at http://www.uq.edu.au/equity/famwork.html The University of Queensland Enterprise agreement (Academic Staff) outlines the position classification standards for Levels A to E. DUTY STATEMENT Primary Purpose of Position The overall goal is to better understand the personal, social and environmental determinants of health risk behaviours (physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, unhealthy weight gain and sun exposure) and to develop and test evidence-based interventions. There are opportunities for both theoretically driven and problem-focussed research. Duties Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Assist or take leadership as a team member in the development, implementation and evaluation of new research projects or new elements of projects • Appointees at Academic Level C or D would be expected to take responsibilities in leadership, programmatic initiative, management and liaison, appropriate to their level of appointment • Contribute substantially to the development of grant applications • Contribute substantially to conference presentations and scientific papers • Assist or take leadership in maintaining communications on project management, research grant writing and scientific paper writing with local, interstate and international colleagues • Liaison with Queensland Health and Brisbane City Council on collaborative research projects, including scientific uses of data from statewide physical activity monitoring and from the evaluation of public campaigns • Liaison with Queensland Cancer Fund and other non-government organisations on collaborative research projects • Assist or take leadership in building new data-gathering systems and in analysing population data sets on physical activity • Being an active and contributing member of research teams that are building new research links between population and behavioural studies of physical activity with cancer and other disease outcomes • Tracking and coordinating the day-to-day conduct of cross-department, cross-faculty and cross-institutional research activities, with guidance from senior researchers • Management and support of casual research staff • Assist or take leadership with the formal supervision and the informal mentoring of research students, and with some postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, as required. • Comply with the University Code of Conduct for staff, and with the requirements of Queensland Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S procedures developed by the University or School. Reporting Relationships The positions report to the Director, Cancer Prevention Research Centre, who is also the Professor of Health Behaviour in the School of Population Health, or to the Professor of Physical Activity and Health in the School of Human Movement Studies. SELECTION CRITERIA For appointment at Academic Level C or D applicants will need to demonstrate independence and leadership capacity in their research. Qualifications Essential • PhD or equivalent in a health-related biological or behavioural science discipline, epidemiology, spatial science or other relevant discipline • Research experience in one or more aspects of health behaviour and population health Knowledge and Skills Essential • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in research methods relevant to health behaviour • Demonstrated skills in statistical analysis relevant to population health • Knowledge and experience in measurement methods for physical activity and others behaviours Desirable • Demonstrated track record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature, as appropriate to qualifications and years of experience • Demonstrated record of successful grant applications • Capacities to work with spatial (Geographic Information System) data. Experience Essential • Previous project management of health behaviour studies • Contribution to the preparation of grant submissions Desirable • Use of information technology in behaviour change programs Personal Qualities • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues • High level communication and inter-personal skills • Self-motivated and able to work constructively in a team environment • Ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines • Strong commitment to ongoing development and enhancement of professional knowledge and skills APPLICATION Applications must consist of the following: 1. Covering Letter. The covering letter should include the vacancy reference number, your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for the role. 2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience that covers the following areas: • Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended; • Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements; and • The names and contact details (address, telephone, fax and e-mail) of three referees, including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of your organisational unit) closely associated with your current work. 3. Selection Criteria. A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria have been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities. An academic curriculum vitae should include research fields and current interests, publications (full list as attachment with three most significant marked with an asterisk), research grants awarded and, if applicable, details of teaching evaluation. Applications are to be sent to: Personnel Officer School of Population Health The University of Queensland Herston Road Herston QLD 4006 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note: • Applications should be typed; • Do not send applications that are bound or enclosed in plastic or manilla folders; • Simply staple the application at the top left hand corner; and • Retain a copy for your reference because the University does not return copies to applicants. SELECTION PROCESS A Selection Committee will consider all applications and shortlist candidates for interview who appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels. They will be invited to attend an interview and the remaining unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly. An invitation to attend an interview provides an opportunity to provide further information to the Selection Committee to substantiate your claims against the selection criteria or demonstrate your capabilities. Please note that for some positions interviews may be conducted by teleconference in the first instance. The Selection Committee will subsequently seek referee reports, if not sought prior to interview, before making a decision to make an offer of appointment to the preferred candidate. The purpose of referee checks is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past work history, as well as opinions regarding the quality of your work, behaviour in the work place and suitability for the position. Referee reports may be sought orally, or for academic staff, in writing by post or e-mail. Referees should normally include current supervisors or and/or managers. A referee must be able to comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria. Referee checks conducted after the interview process can sometimes delay notification of the successful candidate and other interviewees. If you are the preferred candidate, you will receive a written offer of appointment to the position. Do not take any action, such as resigning from your current position, before you receive a written offer of appointment. The University of Queensland is an equal opportunity employer. Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.
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