telethonThe Telethon Kids Institute is one of the nation's leading medical research organisations with impressive facilities in Subiaco, Western Australia. It is home to more than 500 staff and postgraduate students who are dedicated to tackling the major causes of childhood disease, disability and disadvantage. Our research teams are among the world's best and we have strong affiliations with Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and all the major Western Australian universities, particularly The University of Western Australia and Curtin University.

2018 will be a significant year for the Telethon Kids Institute with a move to brand new premises within the new children's hospital building at the QEII Campus in Nedlands. The new building will see the Telethon Kids Institute co-located with the new Perth Children's Hospital and housed in state-of-the-art premises with increased space and improved access to leading edge technology and research facilities.

We are seeking an early career researcher whose research addresses drivers of deep and persistent disadvantage in childhood and/or adolescence.

The ARC Centre of Excellence  (  for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre or LCC) is a national centre funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Scheme and administered through the University of Queensland, with nodes at The University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne, and The University of Sydney.

You will be part of the Human Capability Team based at the Telethon Kids Institute which conducts leading edge research in population child development, mental health and wellbeing, education, early childhood services and social services. We work closely with policy makers, service organisations, service providers and the community to improve outcomes for children and young people, especially children who experience deep and persistent disadvantage. Our research informs action to address the social determinants of inequalities in child development and address fundamental mechanisms that contribute to social inequalities and social gradients across a range of outcomes across the life course. Our team brings very specific and highly specialised collaborations, research networks and funding to key human development studies- most notably relevant to Australia.

As a member of the LCC UWA Node and Human Capability Team, you will have access to:

  • World class and internationally unique longitudinal data assets (e.g., Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, Looking at Language)
  • World class data linkage infrastructure
  • Leading edge analytic capabilities
  • Longstanding state and national partnerships with policy makers across the health, education and social services sectors.
  • A dedicated translation mechanism for child development research through CoLab – Collaborate for Kids.
  • Well established community and consumer networks
  • The opportunity to collaborate with researchers across the Life Course Centre.

Key Requirements

Essential qualifications

  • A PhD relevant to the Life Course Centre in in the disciplines of psychology, social sciences, public health or economics.

Essential skills, knowledge & experience

  • An emergent track record as an independent researcher
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentations at national and international conferences
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with research colleagues and research partners in policy and practice settings
  • Experience applying for external research funding
  • Ability to represent and promote your research in policy and service settings and the community

 Desired skills, knowledge and experience

  • PhD supervision experience
  • Research staff supervision experience
  • External research funding
  • Networks with policy and practice
  • Use of state-based administrative and/or national research data assets (e.g., Longitudinal Study of Australian Children)


This is a full-time fixed-term position for two (2) years based at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia. A remuneration package $120-143K per annum which includes 17% superannuation.

The successful applicant is entitled to apply for Life Course Centre research funds to conduct new approved projects over the term of the grant. Funding for conference travel and professional development is available. The successful candidate will need to provide a National Police Check before commencement.

How to apply

Applications should read the Job Description available at

Please email a cover letter, CV and document addressing the selection criteria to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please quote the position title in the subject heading of your email.

Your CV must include the names and contact details of two previous supervisors or academic/professional referees.

Please provide all the requested information to be considered.


Jade Orazi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Cate Taylor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date: 5:00pm, Thursday 31 May 2018