Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow, Mental Wealth Initiative job with UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

  • Full-time CDD until 2023
  • Work on meaningful projects that make an impact with the Mental Wealth Initiative
  • Base salary of $98,645 – $131,639 + 17% superannuation

About the Opportunity

The Mental Wealth Initiative (MWI) is a group created by the Brain and Mind Center at the University of Sydney in 2020. It is a collaboration between Sydney Business School and the Brain and Mind Centre. We work with government, business, mental health and social policy leaders in all communities, to establish the national and regional infrastructure needed to measure, monitor, predict the nation’s mental wealth and help identify the political opportunities to foster this broader measure of our national prosperity.

You can read more about the Mental Wealth Initiative’s meaningful work and impact here.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher/researcher to work on exciting projects in collaboration with Professor John Buchanan to research a range of MWI issues; some of these projects include:

  • Rebuilding Lifelong Learning in the Sydney Basin
  • Sustainable work in the basic economy
  • The impact of AI on the character of work
  • The four-day work week: impact on the workplace and working life

This position is open to academically qualified A and B level candidates. The level at appointment will be determined based on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. You will work in a dynamic team and be encouraged to think about different ways to conduct meaningful research.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake meaningful research and work as a team to achieve project goals
  • experience supporting the collection and use of behavioral and social science data and research methods, particularly qualitative data
  • proven track record of publications, reports and other relevant research output, combined with exceptional writing and communication skills
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective collaborative working relationships
  • proven ability to manage workflows, multiple complex projects and meet strict deadlines
  • demonstrated ability to provide valuable and pragmatic advice to stakeholders, government agencies and social groups.

About you

The University values ​​courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned with these values ​​and are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher / Researcher who has:

  • a PhD in social sciences, business, health-related field or equivalent
  • a demonstrated ability to manage large and complex research projects
  • demonstrated ability to coordinate all aspects of the research process, including study design and implementation, analysis and report writing, and writing up study results
  • excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple competing deadlines in a busy, fast-paced environment, with the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and stakeholder demands
  • exceptional interpersonal skills and experience building and maintaining strong relationships internally and externally.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Australian temporary residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed-term contract for the duration of their visa, depending on hiring area and position requirements.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of any required pre-employment or background checks on terms satisfactory to the University. Likewise, your continued employment is conditional on your satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary action, including the termination of your employment.

This position is designated as involving work related to children. To undertake or retain this position, you must apply and obtain a Working with Children Check Permission in accordance with Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

EEO declaration

At the University of Sydney, our shared values ​​include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a university community that reflects the larger community we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase the participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all walks of life.

How to register

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