Aboriginal Research Associate

Curtin University of Technology


September 27, 2022


Job Reference: 892519

Curtin University considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under section 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).

Your new role The Looking Forward research team works closely with Aboriginal co-researchers - Elders and young people - who guide, inform and support solution focused ways of working (see the Looking Forward website https: // debakarn.com/ for more information). As a Research Associate, you would be an active participant in collaborating with the team, co-researchers, community and service providers via a co‑design process, which has been developed with Nyoongar Elders over the past 10 years.

In addition to providing assistance with the collection and analysis of research data and the communication of research findings, your key tasks will be to:

  • Support the co-researchers to be actively involved in and lead research activities.
  • Guide non-Aboriginal service providers to deepen their understanding of Aboriginal history and culture, develop authentic relationships with Elders and Community members, and build their cultural competence.
  • Facilitate open and respectful communication between Community members and non‑Aboriginal service providers.
  • The ability to work reflectively and to provide culturally safe support is essential for this position. The nature of Community driven work also requires someone who is dynamic and adaptable to the needs of the Community. This is an exciting role that provides unique opportunities to build decolonizing research skills and be a part of real organisational change. Mentoring and support from an Aboriginal post-doctoral researcher will also be available to you.

    This role requires travel to regional locations in WA and occasional work outside of normal office hours.

    To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Dr Michelle Webb, Post- Doctoral Researcher on 08 9266 1484 or 0402 354 315.

    About us The Looking Forward team is a passionate Aboriginal-led research group located in Curtin University's School of Allied Health. We pride ourselves on community driven, responsive and adaptable research that strives for systems change. Our work is centred on meaningful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and the privileging of Aboriginal voices.

    Our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym/childcare and medical centre, endless food options and great parking and public transport options. For more information on our university, please visit www. curtin.edu.au

    Join us! Your application should include:

  • Copy of your current CV, including details of your undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline
  • A cover letter addressing the following questions:- How would you engage with an Aboriginal community, in particular, Elders and young people that you've not worked with before? Please provide examples from your experience.
  • Please tell us about how you work ‘two-ways' or inter-culturally? What qualities do you think are most important? Can you provide examples from your experience, which have informed your thinking about those qualities?
  • If you received a negative response from Aboriginal people about either your actions or some aspect of the work you were involved in, how would you respond? What steps would you take?
  • To view a copy of the Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

    https: // cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/s/qzSyQwyf1zXJUqc

    Applications close: 10pm AWST Tuesday 27th September 2022 Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Record check, Working with Children check, possess a current WA driver's licence, and will undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1). We reserve the right to engage with recruitment agencies/search firms to support our recruitment in some instances – unsolicited contact is not welcomed.

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