Research Officer/Senior Research Officer, Survey Methodology Team

Melbourne, Australia
02 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2018
APS 3–4 / APS 5–6
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term

APS 3–4 or APS 5–6
Full-time or part-time

We are the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Australian Government’s key independent research body and advisor in the area of family wellbeing, based in Melbourne. Our purpose is to create and communicate knowledge to accelerate positive outcomes for families and communities.  We are an independent statutory authority established in 1980 under the Family Law Act 1975.  We are located in the portfolio of the Department of Social Services.

We conduct research, provide independent advice and communicate findings to policy-makers, service providers and the community about factors affecting family wellbeing.  Our work builds an evidence base about “what works for families”. Through our research, we contribute to developing policy and practice to promote the wellbeing of families in Australia.

The Institute’s Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (LLS) area is a highly professional team with in-depth experience in managing numerous national longitudinal studies. The team is structured around three main areas of expertise: survey methodology, data management and analytics, and research and analysis.

The Survey Methodology team have a high level of expertise in the design and development of longitudinal studies.  This team is responsible for managing the methodology and content development for three of the institute’s flagship longitudinal studies: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA, the longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants), and Ten to Men (a national longitudinal study of men’s health).

The purpose of the Research Officer/Senior Research Officer is to provide assistance and support with the design of content and methodology across various longitudinal and lifecourse studies (LLS).   Ideally you will have:

  • An understanding of the principals underlying the development of content and methodology for social science surveys.
  • The ability to produce high quality work to support survey research activities, while juggling competing deadlines.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with key research partners and other project stakeholders.
  • A flexible approach to diverse work demands and the ability to work independently.

We are seeking an experienced Research/Senior Research Officer (full-time or part-time) to join the Survey Methodology Team on a full-time or part-time basis.   The role will be offered on a non-ongoing basis for a period of 14 months (with the possibility of extension to a maximum term of three years) at APS Level 3–4 with a salary range of $57,026 to $69,008 per annum (full time equivalent) or APS Level 5–6 with a salary range of $71,357 to $87,948 per annum (full-time equivalent).  (The appointment level of the successful applicant will be determined by their skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience.)

Please read through the application requirements and view a position description at: To be considered for this position, please email your CV and covering letter together with an AIFS application form to For further information, contact Human Resources on (03) 9214 7888.

We will be filling these jobs as soon as the right candidate comes along so, please submit your application ASAP. Don’t miss out, each job will close as soon as we have suitable candidates to interview.

The Institute welcomes applications from the diverse Australian community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability, people of all ages and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.