Research Fellow – Governance of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Macquarie University
November 26, 2023
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Seeking an exceptional Research Fellow to join our AI Systems Safety team and work under the supervision of Professor Farah Magrabi


  • Salary Package: Research Fellow (Level B) base salary $115,787 – $136,995 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

  • Appointment Type: Full-time or part-time, fixed-term position for 12-months (with possible extension)

  • Location: Macquarie University (Wallumattagal Campus, North Ryde)

  • About the Role

    We are seeking an exceptional Research Fellow to join our AI Systems Safety team and work under the supervision of Professor Farah Magrabi. The team is investigating approaches for the safe and responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare. Our goal is to design sociotechnical solutions to mitigate risks to patient safety, and to develop new methods for the timely detection of, and response to, emerging threats.

    AI technologies promise to transform care delivery, yet adoption in Australian health services remains slow. One of the main challenges for successful implementation and meaningful adoption of AI tools is their governance at the health service level. Such governance is critical not only to ensure safe and effective deployment, but to foster clinician trust that leads to meaningful adoption as well as improvements in care delivery and patient outcomes.

    The Research Fellow will be responsible for assisting in the running of a newly funded project to investigate approaches for the governance of AI in health services. We are working in partnership with Alfred Health, one of Australia's leading healthcare services, to identify and test a framework for the governance of AI tools in clinical and operational areas. The outcomes will include recommendations about how to implement and use AI in healthcare safely and responsibly.

    About You

    You will have strong qualitative/mixed-method research skills and a capacity to coordinate projects. Applicants with research interests in AI, digital health, patient safety, clinical governance, ethics, and interdisciplinary research will thrive in this position and are strongly encouraged to apply. You will be an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, a team player and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

    About Us

    Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world, and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

    Macquarie University's Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences builds on our aspiration to have the nation's first fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre under a university's leadership. It brings together the excellent work of medical and allied-health clinicians and researchers across the University and around the country, with unparalleled access to world- leading clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), an internationally leading health services research facility. AIHI conducts world-class research to catalyse performance improvement in healthcare services and systems in Australia and internationally. It is a multidisciplinary environment and operates with a philosophy of teamwork and mutual professional support and respect. We have a strong environment for excellent scholarship, research activities and output.

    The position is located in the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) . CHI researches the design and use of AI and digital technologies to create the next generation of innovations needed for our health system to meet the many waves of challenge now washing over it from COVID-19 to climate change. The Centre is Australia's longest running academic research group in digital health and leads the Australian Alliance for AI in Healthcare.

    Please find link to the AIHI Recruitment Prospectus below: https: // www. Prospectus2022.pdf

    To Apply

    To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV with a publications list and a separate (1-2 pages) cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the selection criteria below. We ask that applicants also include a one -page summary of your top-3 publications explaining: (a) the importance, and (b) your contribution to the selected publications.


  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. health services research, health informatics, public health, health services management, applied bioethics)

  • A strong record of contributions to peer reviewed publications and history of research excellence, relative to experience and opportunity

  • Demonstrable experience in the design and execution of qualitative/mixed- methods research and strong analytical skills

  • Proven experience in co-ordinating research projects

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team

  • Desirable

  • Training in AI, digital health, clinical governance, patient safety or applied bioethics

  • Experience in writing research proposals and securing research/industry funding

  • Please note this position is only open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and those currently residing in Australia with full working rights.

    Specific Role Enquiries : Professor Farah Magrabi, Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation at [email protected]

    General Recruitment Enquiries : Nithya Elango, HR Assistant at [email protected]

    Applications Close : 26 November 2023 at 11:59 PM AEDT

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    26/11/2023 11:59 PM

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