Senior Principal Social Scientist - Law Research

University of Queensland
July 21, 2024
Offerd Salary:$108,975 - $122,176
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
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  • School of Public Health

  • Full-time, fixed-term position for up to 1 year

  • Base salary will be in the range $108,975 - $122,176 + 17% Superannuation

  • Based at our Herston Campus.

  • About This Opportunity

    We are seeking an experienced and motivated Senior Principal Social Scientist to support the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame. In this role, you will specialise in legal research, particularly Australian law related to the regulation of industry and potentially harmful products and services. Your responsibilities will include advanced legal analysis of proposed regulatory approaches for tobacco and nicotine products, coordination of research projects, and leadership within a multidisciplinary team. A PhD in law is highly regarded, along with expertise in law research methods. The ability to work collaboratively with public health researchers is essential.

    Key responsibilities will include: (Maximum 3-4 points)

  • Apply expert research methodology in the field of legal research to maximise research outcomes at all stages of the research process life- cycle.

  • Undertake advanced legal analysis of proposed regulatory approaches for tobacco and nicotine products.

  • Contribute to research quality assurance, control and improvement activities, in collaboration with senior research staff and stakeholders to maintain research integrity.

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you will have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • UQ Study for Staff

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About You

  • Completion of qualifications in law with subsequent research experience or training, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. A PhD in law would be highly regarded.

  • Experience in the application of legal research methods and working in an academic research environment.

  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, especially with public health researchers.

  • A commitment to upholding the highest standard of research integrity, ethics and workplace health and safety.

  • The successful candidate may be required to complete a number of pre- employment checks, including right to work in Australia, criminal check, education check.


    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Coral Gartner. 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:

  • Cover letter summarising how your background aligns to the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who don't meet all criteria are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their potential. The selection panel considers both potential and performance relative to opportunities when assessing suitability for the role.

    We know one of our strengths as an institution lies in our diverse colleagues. We're dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We're committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out to [email protected] for accessibility support or adjustments.

    Applications close Sunday 21st July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-40463). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday 30th July 2024.

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