Research Fellow in Social Work and/or Sociology

Adelaide, Australia
Monday, 18 October 2021
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Monday, 1 November 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-Term for 3 Years | Part-Time at 0.8FTE

Compensation Grade:
Research Academic Level B

Salary Range:
$99,827 - 118,135 p.a.

Reporting to:
Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor in Social Work

College of Education, Psychology & Social Work

The Research Fellow will undertake research in the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS) Social Inquiry and Wellbeing Research Section under the broad direction of the Chief Investigators. In working with the Chief Investigators and research team, the position will contribute to project design and implementation, the analysis of data and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

The Research Fellow will actively report on new and current research related to the research program, through generation of high quality publications and conference presentations. In addition the position will contribute to the preparation of applications for externally funded research funding.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Research Fellow in Social Work and/or Sociology is accountable for:

  • Actively contributing to the research project by collaborating with the Research Team to successfully deliver project milestones and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Independently contributing to the planning and execution of research by offering new and innovative ideas, reviewing relevant literature and other sources of information, actively participating in the production of data, contributing to the writing and editing of grant applications and attending seminars, meetings and conferences.
  • Playing a lead role in coordinating, planning and executing the project tasks required to collaborate with industry partners.
  • Independently contributing to ethical, high quality and innovative research and evaluation through activities such as scholarship, publishing in recognised high quality journals and assisting the preparation and submission of bids for external research funding.
  • Supervision of honours and post graduate research projects.
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborations within the University, and at State, national and international levels in order to improve research outputs, patents and publications.
  • Some out of hours work (including weekends) as well as rural SA, interstate and overseas travel, may be required.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Completion of a PhD in Social Work and/or Sociology and/or related field.
  • Demonstrated research experience in terms of publications in high quality publications, attraction of external competitive grants and presentations at a national and/or international level in social work and/or sociology.
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodology.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering project targets on time.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute data collection and analysis.
  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills and experience in collaborating and engaging with diverse stakeholders and industry partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to critically review the literature in relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated experience to undertake collaborative research and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff and industry.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills in an academic environment.

For application enquiries please contact: Professor Sarah Wendt

Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed. It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains a current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.

Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59 pm:

01 Nov 2021