Senior Research Fellow, Food Policy, Advocacy and Policy Impact

Job No: GEORGE41
Location: Newtown, Australia

  • A Full Time 2 years fixed term position (Extendable subject to future funding)
  • Respected global research organisation
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

Application close date: 30 November, 2018

‘The George’ is 600+ people globally focused on improving the health of millions of people. A medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.

An opportunity exists for a Senior Research Fellow to join our growing organisation. The Senior Research Fellow will work within the Food Policy, Advocacy and Policy Impact team. 

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Lead new or contribute to existing research on food policy and advocacy interventions: existing programs include food policy in the Pacific Islands, salt reduction in Vietnam and Victoria, and diets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, and an ongoing program of regularly updated systematic reviews
  • Engage in work of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction to support countries to achieve the new global targets to reduce salt by 30% by 2025. This includes providing direct support to countries (to support advocacy and program implementation), producing and disseminating resources and extending the evidence base
  • Harvard-TGI Collaboration on Access to Care for Cardio-metabolic Diseases: this includes secondary analysis of routinely monitored data and capacity building on 'data for decision making' in low and middle income countries. There are plans to establish a collaboration on Small Island Nations (Pacific and Caribbean) as part of this program as well as opportunities for internships between TGI and Harvard
  • Contribute to work on Strengthening research impact: through developing and testing frameworks for global health research impact and contributing to communications and advocacy (thought leadership) programs
  • Develop, obtain funding for, manage and coordinate large-scale research projects with a focus on collaborative and translation
  • Supervise the formulation and design of new studies and other research and development projects
  • Oversee the development of revenue generating activities in support of such projects and through contract work and commissioned research
  • Lead the preparation of journal publications and contribute to media reports and other public affairs output
  • Contribute to local, national and international meetings of relevance to the area of research expertise and develop working partnerships within relevant research networks
  • Oversee contributions to teaching and training, including the supervision of students and other teaching and examining responsibilities 

 Desired Skills and Experience

  • Research MD or PhD in a relevant health related discipline
  • Demonstrated strong track record in the health or academic sectors at a senior level
  • Demonstrated substantial relevant experience in the conduct of high impact and policy relevant research projects
  • Demonstrated research experience in international settings
  • Experience in the publication and dissemination of journal publications, reports and other written materials
  • Success in obtaining peer-reviewed grant applications and success in the procurement of other funding from government or commercial sources
  • Adaptable and able to work in a dynamic environment and lead change
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills including experience in post-graduate supervision and teaching
  • Strong analytical skills and strategic thinking with the demonstrated ability to see the big picture, yet still focus on detail
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

We offer a flexible and inclusive work culture with excellent staff benefits including, salary packaging arrangements and sound learning opportunities.

The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

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