Research Fellow - ISSR

University of Queensland
January 07, 2024
Offerd Salary:$104,579 - $124,187
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • Institute for Social Science Research

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues

  • Access state-of-the-art facilities to further your research endeavours

  • Based at Long Pocket only 10 minutes from St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment for research excellence and world-class facilities, where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

    About This Opportunity

    This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow to undertake team-based research in a high achieving, multidisciplinary and collaboration focused environment at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). The Institute's mission is to undertake transformational solution-focused research to address new and emerging challenges facing Australian society, with a particular focus on public policy, health, education, and equity. ISSR is not a traditional academic organisational unit – it is largely self-funded with a strong focus on Category 2 and 3 contract research and Consultancy, which is used to build the workforce and support the research activity. All research staff are required to contribute to the contract research and Consultancy activities.

    This position is specifically to further develop and support quantitative social science research and evaluation at ISSR. The position will work on a range of projects, beyond a narrow research specialisation, and primarily on externally commissioned research projects. These projects will be in multidisciplinary teams and often in collaboration with non-university stakeholders from government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and end-user communities. At this level it is expected that the incumbent will also contribute to service and engagement roles and activities.

    Key responsibilities will include:


  • Support the use of quantitative social science research methods in the design and implementation of research and evaluation projects in ISSR.

  • Lead and undertake quantitative data analyses, including working with large-scale longitudinal survey and administrative data, extensive data manipulation, and the use of visualisation and data dashboards to summarise and communicate results.

  • Contribute as chief investigator role (often in conjunction with more experienced researchers) in applications for competitive research and evaluation funding, primarily through Category 2 and 3 sources, which includes actively seeking, obtaining, and managing research funding and projects.

  • Provide project management of small to moderate commissioned research and evaluation projects to ensure they are managed effectively to a high standard and delivered on time, within budget, and in compliance with all relevant contractual, regulatory and policy requirements.

  • Produce quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing in national research journals, other appropriate refereed publications, and conference publications, with a lead role in some outputs.

  • Contribute to research impact and the transfer of knowledge, technology, and practices to research end users.

  • Review and draw upon best practice and innovative research methodologies.

  • Teaching

  • Lead the development and delivery of research methods courses if the opportunity arises.
  • Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Lead on the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness in supervision and management and development of researcher capabilities, where required.

  • Facilitate engagement opportunities for Higher Degree by Research students and other supervisees.

  • Manage staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate behaviours that align to the UQ values and Leadership Framework.

  • Shows leadership of self and others through mentoring, collaboration, and active participation in priority activities for the Institute, particularly in Category 2 and 3 contract research and Consultancy.

  • Provide support to other academic positions and Institute operations as needed during other team members absences.

  • Effectively and efficiently manage internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision- making and service on relevant committees.

  • Actively pursue and develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies, and the wider community.

  • This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

    This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 1 year (with possible 2 year extension) at Academic Level B.

    At Level B , the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $104,579 - $124,187, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $122,358 - $145,299 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You
  • Completion of a PhD in a relevant field of social science or a cognate discipline with a significant component of quantitative data analysis and data management (e.g., sociology, statistics, social policy, health).

  • A growing profile in research in the discipline areas related to social policy, health, education, equity and social justice; and/or policy or program evaluation.

  • Evidence of successfully seeking, obtaining, and managing external research funding, including Category 2 and 3 contract research or Consultancy.

  • Experience developing, managing and/or conducting high quality quantitative research projects, including project management, data collection, data management, data analysis, and reporting.

  • Advanced expertise in using statistical/programming tools or packages, such as Stata or R, as well as producing data visualisation tools and data dashboards.

  • A developing track record of publications in reputed refereed journals, conference presentations, and non-traditional research outputs that are of high quality and impact.

  • A growing record of supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students to successful completion.

  • Experience in meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Wojtek Tomaszewski. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You' section

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Sunday, 7 January 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-32635).

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