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Postdoctoral Fellow ((Covid-19) Child Health Equity Scholar)

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute - Parkville, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training
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Who Are We?

At MCRI we share a powerful vision; to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We believe that no question is too impossible to try and answer. We are renowned for our cutting edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnosis, prevention and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multi-disciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health.
MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. We are committed to creating a positive working environment which values all backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and a culture based on respect, consideration and dignity. Don’t take our word for it, check what our employees are saying!

The Opportunity

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Centre for Community Child Health team.

At the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), we strive for health and developmental equity for all children. As a world-leading driver and innovator in child health and development we partner with families, communities, services, and governments to extend our impact from the individual child to local, national and international communities.

Inequities in health, development and wellbeing emerge well before a child reaches school. Currently one in five children begin primary school developmentally vulnerable – lacking the experiences or environments they need due to preventable social, economic, or geographic circumstances.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the inequities that already existed for many Australian communities, families and children.

In this new environment we want to understand the impact of COVID-19 on children and their families and with over twenty-five years of expertise in Child Health Equity we are ideally placed to drive efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children and families.

This position has been designed for a committed early-mid career researcher to develop and contribute to the leadership of a 5 year CCCH Child Health Equity Research and Impact Strategy as a response to COVID-19.

A key part of your role will see you harness the opportunity to think differently, develop a response to the long tail of COVID, build capacity and leverage the Centre’s strengths and existing strategies and interventions. You will be liaising with several key stakeholders such as your immediate team, researchers, and external professionals therefore it is essential you can think strategically and have excellent communication and engagement skills.

This five-year role will see you work on key objectives as follows:

Year 1 to 2: Understand the impacts, apply the data and develop a potential COVID-19 child health equity response/recovery strategy

  • Utilise the COVID Wellbeing Lifecourse Platform data (includes 8 existing MCRI cohorts that have collected ‘COVID-19’ specific data in addition to their existing data) to:
  • show the greatest impacts and inequities
  • identify the most likely points in the system or services where intervention may have the greatest impact focusing on our areas of strength and impact
  • Use these findings to inform, build upon and leverage existing Centre strategies and interventions
  • Develop a strategic plan to systemically set out our response to COVID-19 in consultation with partners and end-users in Victoria and nationally

Year 2 to 5 : Develop and test interventions to achieve impact

  • Develop a policy-based intervention agenda
  • Work with the Centre leadership team to develop a potential series of further projects that will target the identified intervention points, build upon the previous and existing work of the Centre and stimulate innovation in health and education
  • Develop and implement a plan to help to secure additional (competitive) funding

To be successful in this role you will be an experienced researcher who is familiar with developing and contributing to strategy in the health space.

You are passionate, enthusiastic and are ready to bring your skills and experience to the team. This role is an opportunity to make a long-term impact on children’s health.

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Published high quality papers as a result of analysing the relevant Life course platform (or other appropriate) data
  • Develops, contributes to leading and implements the CCCH (COVID-19) Child Health Equity 5 year research and impact strategy
  • Scopes and proposes complementary projects and partners that could enable more rapid and widespread impact on child health equity outcomes
  • Fosters relationships with relevant stakeholders to influence policy and systems
  • Undertakes high calibre competitive research
  • Has successfully written and continues to submit grant and ethics approval applications
  • Attracts external competitive funding (government and non-government) and has a record of high quality publications, research impact and peer recognition
  • Assists and contributes to data generation for research and publications

You Demonstrate:

  • Relevant PhD/Doctoral qualification and relevant postdoctoral experience
  • 6+ years of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation
  • Expertise and keen interest in children’s health and development equity
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically with a systems focus
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to interact with and influence a diverse array of stakeholders
  • Experience and or keen interest in knowledge translation, influencing policy, systems and service delivery
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent project management, time management, organisational and analytical problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated relevant computer skills and an understanding of a range of research methodologies and their application in empirical research
  • Experience in knowledge sharing, development, mentoring and support of employees and students

On Offer:

  • 5 year 0.4 FTE position available
  • Salary Range $95,699 - $102,724 pro rata + super + salary packaging
  • On-site facilities include:, childcare, Employee Assistance Program, mindfulness, gym, and bike storage… to highlight a few

Apply Now

Indeed Website Please Note ALL Applications must come via MCRI Careers only. Direct applications via email do not apply. www.mcri.edu.au/careers

For a full list of responsibilities and the key selection criteria download the position description .

Only applicants who address the key selection criteria will be considered. In one document please place your cover letter, key selection criteria, and resume. Applications will only be considered when submitted via the MCRI website.

For specific questions not answered in the PD please contact Prof Sharon Goldfeld



Sarah Davies


Existing MCRI and VCGS staff (excluding Unpaid non-managers and non Graduate Research Students) are required to apply through the MCRI internal site only. Navigate to Nucleus-> Talent Management-> Careers to submit the application.

Click apply to proceed with your application.

Closing Date : 3 March 2021

Position Reference : 25294

On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

Please note: Applications via recruitment agencies will not be accepted for this position

Parkville, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training


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