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Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the Hugo Charitable Trust with an interest in suicide prevention


About the department

The Department of Psychological Medicine aims to advance psychological medicine by bringing together our academic and clinical expertise in psychiatry and psychology (clinical and health).

We are focussed on six primary research areas, as well as being actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to medical students, psychiatric and general practice registrars, postgraduate students, and various higher education postgraduate training programmes.

About the role

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow, funded by the Hugo Charitable Trust with an interest in suicide prevention to join our team. You will help support the development of an exciting range of studies to contribute towards suicide prevention in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Successful suicide prevention requires a multi-level strategy due to the complex nature of individual and population level risk factors associated with suicide. Our programme of study examines different aspects of suicide prevention, full details of which can be found in the Information for Candidates document.

Key tasks include:
• Support the Hugo Charitable Trust Postdoctoral Fellow to develop skills, expertise and relationships in suicide prevention in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
• Support the Cure Kids funded project 'Aotearoa Self-Harm Hospital Study: sentinel surveillance of paediatric self-harm in New Zealand'.
• Support Dr Fortune in the operational and strategic oversight of projects under the auspice of the research group, develop and support national and international research collaborations.
• Lead and develop a range of research papers for publication and other mechanisms for disseminating research findings.
• Support the development and submission of research funding applications.

Skills and experience:
• Post-graduate qualification (PhD) in health-related area (or compatible field such as the social sciences).
• A robust knowledge of suicide prevention.
• A publication record, including peer-reviewed publications.
• Strong analytical and reporting skills.
• An understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and a commitment to reducing health inequity.
• Demonstrated ability to deal appropriately with confidential materials.

Further details

This is a full-time (1 FTE), fixed-term position for 12 months.

Confidential inquiries can be made to Sarah Fortune via the contact details below.

This post is based in Dunedin primarily, with some NZ and possibly international travel, and regular Zoom and face-to-face supervision and project meetings to connect with other team members working in Auckland and Christchurch.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button below.
Applications quoting reference number 1902588 will close on Sunday, 2 February 2020.


To see a full job description and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1902588

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

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