Research Fellow – Nursing and Allied Health

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, 12 month fixed-term position located at Swinburne University, Hawthorn
About the Job
Life-changing new medical and enabling technologies designed alongside the people who need them will be created by MedTechVic, a ground-breaking initiative by Swinburne University of Technology. Led by Swinburne, and working closely with industry and community partners, MedTechVic will bring people living with disabilities together with world-leading technology and experts in design, digitalisation, health and manufacturing to create innovative tailor-made medical and assistive devices. Swinburne has received a $6.7 million boost from the Victorian Government to fund this first-of-its-kind hub. To support the co-creation of enabling and assistive technologies, the delivery of programs and processes and the development of clinicians with product development skills, Swinburne University of Technology will be building a new facility where this work can be undertaken. There will also be applied research and development projects that will span design, AR/VR, digital manufacturing and clinical activities.

The Research Fellow – Nursing and Allied Health is an important role, which will involve working with other Research Fellows, PhD students, Masters by Research Students and people living with disability to co-design enabling technology solutions to support people living with disability or who are ageing to participate in their everyday lives. The fellow will be an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, psychologist, or speech pathologist. Working in a multidisciplinary team, the Research Fellow will add depth and knowledge to the team in relevant areas to the pool of clinicians and researchers. Above all though, the fellow must be comfortable in working with people with disabilities and enabling them to take the lead in the co-design of new products, systems, and processes. This unique opportunity is designed to be flexible.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About Research & Development at Swinburne
Help drive real change with our Research and Development function. Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in our 2025 Strategic Plan – to become an internationally renowned institute in digital research, a digital disruptor and an accelerator of innovation.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
β€’ Undergraduate qualification in Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology or similar
β€’ PhD in relevant fields such as Health, Design, Business or similar.
β€’ Competitive track record and recognition for quality research outputs evidenced by publications, the development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, and/or industry links.
β€’ Research experience in at least one of the following areas: Technology, Disability, Rehabilitation or Ageing
β€’ Experience in developing innovative solutions to address real world problems.

Key Responsibilities
β€’ Working closely with within a team to combine knowledge, provide advice and support and develop original project-based research
β€’ Actively seeking out opportunities for collaborations and opportunities for the translation and/or commercialization of research outcomes
β€’ Supervising student research projects
β€’ Communicating research outcomes through high quality papers/journal articles, delivering seminars, and conference attendance
β€’ Assisting in the development of proposals to complement and expand project activities and resources

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Careers at Swinburne.

How to apply and further information
To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or β€˜begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position, contact Rachael McDonald (Professor & Department Chair - Nursing and Allied Health) on +61 (3) 9214 5199 (Landline) or via email at:

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Diversity and Inclusion
Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:
β€’ Reconciliation Action Plan
β€’ Charter of Cultural Diversity
β€’ Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
β€’ Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support
We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 15th October 2021

Note: This position is open to candidates that are currently located within Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate work visa.


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