First listed on: 24 February 2021

Senior Research Scientist in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Hearing Health 

  • 24 months fixed-term full-time position, with possible extension subject to performance, project requirements and availability of funding
  • Predominantly based in the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University (potential remote work opportunity)
  • $107,498 - $126,139 base salary plus 15.4% super

About the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL)

NAL is the research division of Hearing Australia, a Statutory Authority under the Commonwealth Department of Human Services. The research that NAL conducts has a strongly practical focus and is critical to helping people lead more fulfilling and productive lives. This is in line with our essence of caring and our purpose of having a positive impact.

About the role

We have a unique opportunity for an experienced Senior Research Scientist to join our NAL team. The Department of Communication Sciences at NAL is seeking a researcher with a track record in research areas concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The position represents a unique opportunity for the right person to make a substantial difference to the lives of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with hearing and/or communication problems.

The successful candidate will lead and/or contribute to projects to map existing services, improve early identification of hearing and communication problems in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and contribute to the reduction of avoidable hearing loss. You will work closely with other research scientists, audiologists, and speech pathologists and provide strong input into existing projects of the team. You will also develop and seek funding for new projects that are consistent with the strategic objectives of NAL.

The key responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership in an area of expertise relevant to innovations in hearing and intervention for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to prevent and reduce the impact of avoidable hearing loss
  • Obtain funding for research that is consistent with the strategic objectives of NAL from a range of sources such as government, philanthropic and commercial entities
  • Prepare and deliver ethics applications, progress reports, scientific manuscripts and seminars on the research and translational activities
  • Supervise and mentor students and research staff as required
  • Support existing collaborations and develop new collaborations with stakeholder organisations (e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community partners), clinical partners and industry
  • Contribute to and support the leadership and strategic objectives of NAL

The successful candidate must have:

  • A PhD qualification in a relevant area, e.g. Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Developmental research, Speech Pathology, Public Health, or equivalent. Post-docs or candidates close to completion of a PhD may apply.
  • A track record of publications, ethics applications and grant funding success
  • Proven experience and expertise in research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community stakeholders, clinical partners and families
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills relevant to interaction with clinicians and recipients of hearing devices as well as other members of the research team and external collaborators
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time and work management skills
  • Willingness to travel
  • Working With Children Check

The successful candidate will ideally:

  • Have a current driver’s licence

For further information about this position, please contact: Dr Carmen Kung (Acting Head of Department) at

Please submit your application via our careers website. Your application should include a resume and a covering letter that demonstrates how your experiences make you the ideal candidate for this role (in alignment with the job description).

If you would like to learn more about us, then please visit our website at

The National Acoustic Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer operating under Department of Human Services. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

Why work for NAL? 

At NAL, our mission is to lead the world in hearing research and evidence-based innovation to improve hearing health and transform the lives of people with hearing difficulties. A career with us is rewarding because you are helping to positively impact people’s lives and improve Australia’s hearing health.


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