Education Research Fellow in Assessment Reform

University of Melbourne
November 29, 2022
Offerd Salary:$77,171 - $104,717
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Contract Type:Fixed-term for 12 mo
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Education Research Fellow in Assessment Reform

Job no: 0057625 Location: Parkville Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 12 months Faculty: Faculty of Science Department/School: School of BioSciences Salary: Level A – $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the School of BioSciences https://

The School of BioSciences was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the School of Botany and the Departments of Genetics and Zoology thus bringing together a critical mass of 160 Academic staff and 240 Research Higher Degree students undertaking world class teaching and research in the biological sciences. Academics within the School are aligned to 2 research domains - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations within the School and with external partners the School is a major recipient of grant and contract funding.

About the Role The position will involve an enthusiastic education researcher with a keen interest in assessment design, evaluation, and the use of ePortfolios to support student visibility of learning. With a strong background knowledge in assessment design and evaluation, the incumbent will also be experienced in scholarly approaches into the method and practice of teaching.

The appointee will assist in the design and evaluation of assessment reforms targeting the development of both disciplinary and generic skills in majors taught by the School of BioSciences. This will involve conducting curriculum mapping to identify and evaluate opportunities to scaffold student development of data analysis skills, incorporating evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking, across a suite of well-designed assessment and feedback regimes.

In addition, the project involves developing, implementing and evaluating a framework for using ePortfolios as learning journals to allow students to capture, evaluate and critically reflect on feedback from assessments and vertically track their skill development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing and implementing approaches to collect feedback from academic teaching staff and students on current and proposed assessment regimes
  • Managing timelines and work effectively alongside academic staff and learning designers to meet the objectives of the project
  • Contributing to a range of administrative functions, including those connected with educational research responsibilities and the conduct of the academic affairs of the School
  • Participating in School meetings, seminars and the School of BioSciences educational research and teaching communities of practice
  • About You You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and possess the organisational skills, including the capacity to plan your own time. You will have the initiative in both independent and team-based decision making and the ability to interact productively with other academic and professional staff and to contribute constructively to the activities and administration of the School, the Faculty and the University. Experience in designing educational research surveys and/or using validated instruments is desirable but not essential.

    You will also have:

  • A PhD in educational research, or a PhD in a STEM discipline coupled with formal training in education
  • A demonstrated ability in educational research design and data analysis
  • Sound knowledge in assessment design and feedback
  • Demonstrated ability in curriculum mapping or development in undergraduate and/or graduate subjects and courses
  • Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

    About the University The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

    Benefits of Working with Us In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families
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    Be Yourself We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

    Join Us!

    If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the essential selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

    ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected]

    Advertised: 15 Nov 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 29 Nov 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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