Research Officer, Safer Futures

La Trobe University
April 30, 2025
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Research Officer, Safer Futures

Job No.: 566525

Work type: Fixed Term

  • Part-time (0.6), Fixed-term position until 30th April 2025
  • Based at La Trobe University's Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
  • Competitive Salary including 17% Superannuation
  • Work with inspiring people who are driven to make a difference!
  • About the position

    This position has been created to work on a new research project, Creating safer futures: Raising public awareness of child sexual abuse among young adults through digital storytelling. The project has been commissioned by the National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse (The National Centre). The research is led by Associate Professor Katie Wright, and the project team includes Sari Braithwaite, La (Trobe University), Emeritus Professor Valerie Braithwaite (Australian National University), Dr Danny Taggart (University of Essex) and Emeritus Professor Shurlee Swain (Australian Catholic University).

    The research is examining how people can be encouraged to engage safely with difficult stories when the urge is to turn away. The project aims to identify a new approach to engaging young adult audiences on the topic of child sexual abuse by creating a prototype storytelling model suited to the digital media age. The project seeks to find new ways of having difficult conversations about child sexual abuse as a vital preventative strategy, a tool of de- stigmatisation, and as a way of supporting victim-survivors and recognising their valuable contributions to improving child safety. The project brings together survivor advocates, academics from sociology, history and psychology, and specialists from the creative industries.

    The project employs an interdisciplinary, mixed-methods and participatory design. It includes a survey with survivor advocates, a workshop to design a digital storytelling prototype, and survey with tertiary education students to measure engagement and evaluate the impact of the storytelling tool. The project is designed to generate new knowledge about raising awareness of child sexual abuse in ways that are victim-centered, trauma-informed, strength- based, and collaborative.

    Skills and Experience

    To be considered for this position, you will have

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree in a social sciences discipline.
  • A record of contribution to publications, conference papers and/or reports, which provide evidence of research skills.
  • Experience in the analysis of data, including the capacity to integrate data from a range of sources and of uneven quality.
  • High level organisational skills: the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, initiate and follow-up actions, all with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in a cooperative and collegial manner, capacity to liaise effectively with collaborators and work under minimal supervision.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Experience undertaking literature reviews and contributing to publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member in a collaborative and collegial manner.
  • The following skills and experience will be an advantage

  • Experience working with vulnerable populations on research projects and/or arts projects.
  • Experience undertaking research related to child abuse and/or sexual violence.
  • Capacity to effectively liaise with survivor advocates and young people.
  • Familiarity with NVivo and/or RedCAP and/or Adobe suite an advantage.
  • Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

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  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses
  • How to apply

    Closing date: 11:55pm, 22nd of October 2023

    Position Enquiries: Katie Wright, Associate Professor, Sociology

    Email: [email protected]

    Recruitment Enquiries: Jacqueline Lava, Talent Acquisition Consultant

    Email: [email protected]

    Position Description below:

    PD - Research Officer, Safer Futures.pdf

    Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

    Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

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  • An up to date resume
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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    La Trobe University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We take an intersectional approach by actively supporting and encouraging people of all backgrounds and abilities to submit an application and aim to ensure that the recruitment and employee experience is as accessible and inclusive as possible. Flexibility in interview format will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

    All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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