Researcher - Staff Specialist Neonatology

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Work type: Permanent, Fixed Term
Location: South Brisbane
Categories: Medical Officers, Research

About the role

Mater Mothers’ Hospital has an exciting opportunity available for an experienced Neonatologist with research experience  to join the Neonatology team in the Mater Neonatal Critical Care Unit. This is a permanent position, part-time at 20 hours per week.

Our world-class quaternary maternity facility is located in Brisbane’s South Bank precinct, and is the largest facility of its kind in Australia. With a co-located research institute, clinical school and Harvard-affiliated simulation centre, Mater is recognised as a leader in maternity, neonatal and women’s health care. The Mater Mother’s Hospitals are a 200-bed 79-cot dedicated women’s hospital servicing both public and private funded patients, managing more than 10000 births, 2000 neonatal admissions and 850 intensive care admissions each year, plus at least 100 neonatal retrievals and 150 back transfers. 

The Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) consists of 47 intensive care cots and 32 special care cots. All facets of neonatal/perinatal care are provided, including care of infants with extreme prematurity, unwell term infants, infants requiring neonatal surgery and those with congenital heart disease, as well as multidisciplinary follow up clinics.   Mater Mother’s Hospital, South Brisbane is a regional referral centre for fetal abnormalities. Situated adjacent to the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Mater provides highly specialised and complex care as a perinatal tertiary referral centre, the south-east and central Queensland surgical referral centre, and the Queensland cardiac referral centre. 

There is the opportunity for involvement in neonatal retrieval through NeoRESQ providing clinical advice and transport coordination for babies from central and southern Queensland as well as northern New South Wales.

Mater Research (MR) is a world-class institute that is committed to conduct, enable and translate clinically relevant health research. With more than 300 laboratory and clinical researchers working across Mater's hospitals and the world-class Translational Research Institute (TRI), Mater Research is committed to working closely with Mater Health, Mater Education and our growing network of partners to turn scientific discovery into the best possible treatment, care, and outcomes for patients and our broader community. Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland (MRI-UQ) is an alliance between Mater Research and UQ, providing strategic benefits to both partners. Mater Research brings to the alliance considerable clinical collaboration opportunities and UQ brings all its expertise as a research, education and teaching institution. Mater Research employees, through an affiliation to MRI-UQ have access to world-class research infrastructure and systems.

This position provides an exciting opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team of skilled and experienced neonatal researchers, to build on current research and to facilitate and initiate new neonatal research in a supportive and innovative environment.

Salary range: Commensurate with experience

Funding is available to the successful candidate to support neonatal research and could be used as salary for protected research time or towards research support staff or consumables.

About you

For this role, we are seeking an individual who is motivated by and experienced in all facets of clinical neonatal/perinatal medicine, including specialist experience in a tertiary perinatal centre as well as experience in the care of infants with cardiac and surgical conditions.  Suitable applicants will have experience in education, teaching and supervision, as well as experience in the aspects of clinical governance expected for a staff specialist. The successful applicant will have high level expertise and experience in neonatal research. They will be expected to conceive, drive and lead their own research projects, as well as contribute and facilitate the research activities of others, to help establish a collaborative framework to neonatal research at Mater Mothers. This would primarily involve clinical research, but include engagement with biomedical researchers in the Mater Research Mothers and Babies Program.

Suitable applicants will have:

  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Medical Specialist within the field of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in Neonatal/ Perinatal Medicine (or equivalent)
  • Higher Research Degree (e.g. PhD, MPhil) or embarking on HRD

Preferred qualities:

  • Evidence of a contribution to research, including successful external grant applications and clinical trial activity
  • Evidence of a publication record in high-ranking refereed journals

Why join us?

In return for your skills you will have the opportunity to work for an Australian leader in the field of Health and work with a team who make a real difference to the lives of our patients.

Mater provides benefits not offered in other workplaces. In addition to being part of a workplace that offers compassionate care in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, pioneers in the provision of healthcare to Queensland for over 100 years, you will have opportunities to increase your take-home pay with our salary packaging options.

Closing date for applications is Monday 4 October 2021. 

For further information specific to the position, please contact Dr Pita Birch, Director Neonatology on 07 3163 8868.


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