Research Assistant in Law and Policy

Perth, Australia
Mar 21, 2019
End of advertisement period
Apr 07, 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Fixed-term opportunity for 10 months, part time (0.8 FTE)
  • Salary range: Level 5 $69,067 - $76,671 p.a. pro rata plus superannuation
  • Join a research team investigating the feasibility of a regulatory approach to obesity in Western Australia.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

The Team

Following the celebration of our 90th Anniversary in 2018, UWA Law School continues to build on its heritage of academic excellence, providing a broad range of education programs and leading research projects with impact. We are committed to contributing to our local, national and international communities with the continuing valued support of our alumni and national and international partners.

You will be part of a research team focused on investigating the feasibility of a regulatory approach to obesity in Australia. The team will work towards drafting a qualitative framework based on a desktop analysis of the regulatory and non-regulatory options. The framework will then be the subject of community consultation and ultimately form part of a package of recommendations to be presented to the government.

About the opportunity

You will provide a high level of support to researchers and undertake experiments and research activities.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct desktop research to locate and assess the regulatory (e.g. case law and legislation) and non-regulatory options (e.g. policy directives) relevant to managing obesity in WA
  • Undertake an assessment of the feasibility of these options and record appropriately
  • Prepare and analyse data from this assessment and present to researchers with analysis
  • Collaborates with the investigators in drafting a qualitative framework based on this desktop analysis
  • Prepare the framework for community consultation and then prepare the recommendations following the community consultation for presentation to the government
  • Other duties as directed

Key selection criteria

  • Relevant law degree qualification (JD or LLB)
  • Relevant research experience in law and policy
  • Experience with social science qualitative methodology is desirable
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet and email
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team

Closing date: 7 April 2019

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button. In your application, please provide a resume and a cover letter, including a short paragraph addressing the first three key selection criteria above.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.

UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2017).