Research Associate/Fellow, National Institute for Drug Research, working with CURTIN UNIVERSITY

  • Lead innovative work that will make real-world differences
  • Level A: 22 months, CDD, part-time 0.4 FTE
  • Level B: 2-year full-time fixed-term contract

Position reference: 860571

About Us

The mission of the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) is to conduct and disseminate high quality research that supports evidence-based policies, strategies and practices to prevent and minimize health, social harms and economic and alcohol- and drug-related effects among individuals, families and communities in Australia. . NDRI research has informed and contributed significantly to evidence-based policy and practice in Australia and overseas.

Your new role

These positions will join a small team in NDRI’s Melbourne office as they begin an exciting new program of work funded by the Australian Research Council to better understand changing consumer habits in Australia and around the world. They will assist in the development and management of systems to coordinate data from multiple large-scale surveys to provide a platform for the team to investigate generational changes in alcohol consumption across the lifespan. The work will facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm locally and internationally. The work will cover Australian, Swedish and UK data sources and will involve significant international collaboration and potential travel.

You will work closely with Associate Professor Michael Livingston, as well as staff and PhD students on the team, to manage the complex data requirements of the project and to undertake other relevant research as needed.

Why choose Courtin?

  • A flexible benefits package with excellent retirement provisions.
  • Wellness is part of our culture and we encourage positive lifestyle choices through a range of activities and initiatives.
  • Opportunity for continuous career development
  • A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

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Essential criteria:

  • A PhD in epidemiology, statistics, public health, psychology or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant subject matter/discipline and knowledge and experience of relevant research techniques.
  • Demonstrated competence in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks.
  • Emerging research experience / potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision.


  • Experience working in collaboration with industry and community engagement.

Work requirements

Prior to appointment, the recommended candidate(s) will be required to have an up-to-date criminal record check in accordance with the University’s National Police Certificate Assessment Procedures.

COVID 19 – Vaccination policy

Applicants should note that some positions at Curtin University are covered by the state government’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies.

If the position you are applying for is covered by this policy, you will need to provide proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status (or your formally granted exemption) before you begin work.

Next steps

For apply, please complete the online application form via the link below, noting that we cannot accept CVs sent to the email address below.
Please include a cover letter and curriculum vitae to allow us to assess your suitability for the position.

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Closing of applications: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 (9:00 p.m. AWST)

Contact Details

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact our Careers team

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Michael Livingston, at NDRI Melbourne at [email protected] or Professor Simon Lenton, Director of NDRI at [email protected]

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring Curtin has an inclusive, harassment-free environment in which all students, staff, and community feel respected, valued, and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, women and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disabilities to participate fully. to our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have been recognized in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Became one of the first universities to receive accreditation for a High Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze accreditation (2018-2022).
  • Voted 16th best place to work for new dads in Australia (HBF – Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).


Curtin reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to book appointments or to nominate by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advertisement before the date indicated on the advertisement.