Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Musculoskeletal Injury and Pain

University of Queensland
March 13, 2026
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  • Recover Injury Research Centre

  • Academic Level A

  • 2 x Fixed-term position for up to 3 years

  • Closing date 8 March at 11.00pm AEST (R-21982)

  • About This Opportunity

    The aim of these positions is to work within an NHMRC-funded program of musculoskeletal and injury research, under the direction of Professor Michele Sterling. The research program focusses understanding the development of chronic pain after musculoskeletal road traffic injury and developing and testing treatments to prevent chronic pain. Over the next 3 years, this role will contribute to world-leading, internationally collaborative, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and cohort studies to improve health outcomes after road traffic injury.

    This is an exciting opportunity for two postdoctoral research fellows to join our NHMRC CRE: Better Health Outcomes for Compensable Injury located within RECOVER Injury Research Centre to focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline. At this level it is expected that the incumbent will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities.

    Key responsibilities will include:


  • Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in high quality outlets.

  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.

  • Work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.

  • Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.

  • Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.

  • Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.

  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit

  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.

  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.

  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.

  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

  • This role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.

    About You

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in the areas of musculoskeletal pain/injury or rehabilitation and the understanding of, and ideally, clinical experience in musculoskeletal healthcare and evidence-based practice, for example from disciplines such as physiotherapy or physical medicine and rehabilitation.

  • An emerging profile in research in the area of applied clinical research and relevant experience in applied clinical research, such as clinical trials, systematic reviews, mixed research methods, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses, and translation of research into practice.

  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities and a willingness and ability to travel to collaborating research sites, within Queensland, interstate and possibly international travel.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with colleagues at all levels.

  • An ability to work independently, and collaboratively whilst prioritising own workload, working responsibly to meet deadlines.

  • What We Can Offer

    Both positions are full-time (100%) fixed-term position through to 13 March 2026 at Academic Level A.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74, 308 - $99, 426 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $86,941 - $116,329 per annum.

    The following flexible employment options may be available for this role: some working from home; variable start or finish times.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Professor Michele Sterling via [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    About the Selection Process

    To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.

    Other Information

    Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

    Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion . We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity , LGBTQIA+ , cultural and/or linguistic , Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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