Research Fellow

Curtin University of Technology
November 20, 2023
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Job Reference: 1129657

The role

Are you an experienced researcher with a passion for health equity? Join our diverse and high-performing team in the Justice Health Group, Curtin University, and contribute to world-class, impactful research that aims to improve the health and well-being of justice-involved and socially excluded populations in Australia and internationally. We are seeking a highly motivated and committed Postdoctoral Researcher to support our mission of generating evidence to reduce health inequalities and drive real-world impact.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Justice Health Group, you will be expected to play a key role in the ongoing development of the Group. This includes:

  • Leadership: Actively engage in internal and external meetings, collaborate with stakeholders, and participate in relevant events to contribute to the leadership of the Group.
  • Research Excellence: Prepare and submit high-quality manuscripts for leading specialist and generalist journals, as both a lead author and a co-author.
  • Funding Initiatives: Contribute to the development of funding applications, including those for Category 1 funders such as NHMRC, MRFF, and ARC.
  • Data Analysis : Contribute to management and analysis of large, linked administrative datasets relevant to the health and wellbeing of justice- involved populations.
  • Project Management: Lead and assist in the management of research projects to drive impactful outcomes.
  • Mentorship: Provide guidance and mentorship to junior staff and postgraduate students to foster their professional development.
  • Knowledge Dissemination: Present research findings at national and international conferences and deliver targeted seminars on behalf of the Group.
  • Professional Growth: Actively engage in ongoing professional development activities to enhance your skills and expertise.
  • Our ideal candidate will have an exceptional research track record relative to opportunity, and a demonstrable commitment to health equity. Experience managing and analysing linked administrative data would be advantageous, although further training in these methods will be provided. Candidates with lived experience of the criminal justice system (including as a carer or family member) are encouraged to apply.

    For more information about this opportunity please contact Professor Stuart Kinner on [email protected]

    About Us

    The Justice Health Group

    The Justice Health Group at Curtin University is a dynamic and multidisciplinary team committed to conducting world-class, translational research aimed at improving the health and well-being of justice-involved and socially excluded populations. With members based in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Oxford (UK) and Toronto (Canada), we leverage our methodological diversity and data linkage expertise to drive positive change.

    Our research is characterised by methodological rigour, ethical research practice, and a strong commitment to reducing health inequities. We collaborate closely with government and non-government stakeholders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and individuals with lived experience of the criminal justice system. Our work is informed by a Consumer and Community Advisory Group (CCAG) that includes key stakeholders and individuals with lived experience of incarceration.

    We have a strong national and global presence, collaborating with leading research groups and international agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO) Health in Prisons Programme, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Health in Detention Programme.

    Curtin University isn't just an institution; we're a movement dedicated to shaping a better future through research and education. We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, theatre, hotel, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

    We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility with mechanisms in place to support staff working remotely, and personal development opportunities.

    For more information about our university and what we have to offer, please visit https: // www.

    Join Us!

    Please provide your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (as noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

    Selection criteria


  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology, criminology); candidates with related qualifications (e.g., MBBS/MD & MPH) may be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • High-level quantitative data analysis skills, ideally including experience managing and analysing linked administrative data (experience using the Stata package would be an advantage)
  • A strong track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, relative to opportunity
  • A commitment to health equity, demonstrated through research, engagement, and/or service activities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Desirable

  • Experience working with justice-involved populations in a research, policy, and/or service delivery capacity
  • Experience leading or managing research projects, particularly projects involving socially excluded groups
  • Working knowledge of criminal justice systems in Australia and/or internationally
  • Experience working in a global health context, either in Australia or internationally
  • To view a copy of the Academic Role statement please copy and paste the following link into your browser – https: //

    Applications close: 5pm Australian Western Standard Time, Monday 20 November 2023

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. These checks are routine for all new staff at Curtin University. Candidates with lived experience of the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.

    At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number.

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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